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BURNING: a staged play reading

Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

On December 7th, 1776,  an American sympathizer known by his alias as “Jack the Painter” attempted to cripple Britain’s Royal Navy by burning its Dockyards.

‘Burning’ is the story of how his actions terrorized England at a critical time in the Revolutionary War, giving the British Government an excuse to pass the American High Treason Act; like the Patriot Act it permitted arrest and indefinite incarceration of enemy combatants without trial.

This dramatization draws on Jack’s published ‘confession’, his interrogation by Sir John Fielding -founder of the Bow Street Runners, Britain’s first detective force; and the transcript of Jack’s trial at the Winchester Great Hall.

Activities

Admission: 
Members & Public $5
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Location: 
4th Floor Meeting Room
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Taryn Edwards - 415-393-0103
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