Full Length Play, Drama / 2m, 1f
Summerland tells the mysterious tale of William H. Mumler, a spirit photographer with a talent for capturing haunting images of the dead from the world beyond the veil – Summerland.
"Jones’ Summerland is an engaging and cerebral thriller. But why leave it at that? Allow yourself to get caught up in some of its deeper reflections and you’ll find a tale about the pursuit of faith and truth, about our willingness to accept senses that reach beyond science and logic." - Cincinnati Enquirer, Read More
"[...] the overall examination of the themes of death, loss, and grief makes this one a big winner [...] for all artistic directors looking for their next great fall “Halloween” show, this one is a sure-fire hit." - The Sappy Critic, Read More
- Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
- Time Period: Victorian (British and American)
- Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
- Setting: New York City, circa 1869 in the upstairs photography studio of William H. Mumler located at No. 630 Broadway.
- Features / Contains: Period Costumes
JOSEPH TOOKER - Male, early to mid 30s, Chief Marshall in employ of the Mayor of New York to investigate Mumler’s practice. He is a Civil War veteran who fought at Gettysburg where he lost an arm. He is a Positivist and has ambitions for future political standing.
MRS. MUMLER - Female, early to mid 30s, second wife of William Mumler. She is a suspected somnambulist, a woman with peculiar talent for the occult. Originally from Virginia, she is also a suspected double agent between the North and South.
Summerland premiered at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park in Cincinnati, OH in February 2017 under the direction of Michael Evan Haney.