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'The Nature Plays' At Mount Auburn Cemetery Bring New Life To The Burial Grounds13:46
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A scene from "Namesakes 2" from "The Nature Plays." (Courtesy: Corinne Elicone)
A scene from "Namesakes 2" from "The Nature Plays." (Courtesy: Corinne Elicone)

Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge is America's first garden-cemetery, dedicated in 1831. Over 90,000 people are buried there, including Isabella Stewart Gardner, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Julia Ward Howe.

Since 2014, the cemetery has had an artist-in-tesidence who creates new work inspired by the grounds. Patrick Gabridge is the first playwright to hold the position and has created two new series of site-specific plays. The first, called "The Nature Plays," consist of five stories told at different locations at Mount Auburn.

They center on the plants, animals and naturalists that occupy the cemetery. For instance, one play portrays a love story between two salamanders at the cemetery's Consecration Dell. Another is about an argument between two naturalists, the botanist Asa Gray and controversial biologist Louis Aggassiz.

"The Nature Plays" run through June 9 at Mount Auburn Cemetery.

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Patrick Gabridge, artist-in-residence at Mount Auburn Cemetery. He is also the founder and producing artistic director of Plays In Place. He tweets @patrickgabridge.

This segment aired on May 31, 2019.

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