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Coming Soon: Student-Directed Play “Mrs. Packard”

Student directed plays are gaining quite the presence on campus. One that’s really caught my eye is Anna Boutin ’13 directing “Mrs. Packard” by Emily Mann.

“Mrs. Packard” is about a woman in 1861, in the state of Illinois, who is put into an asylum for disagreeing with her husband’s religious beliefs. But the real kicker was that it was legal for her husband to put his wife in an asylum without any evidence of her insanity.

NPR’s All Things Considered interviewed Mann and she reveals that the inspiration for “Mrs. Packard” was based on a real life Mrs. Packard — Elizabeth Parsons Ware Packard. She chronicled her times in the Jacksonville asylum after the courts allowed her husband to have her committed.

“Mrs. Packard” premieres on March 22nd. Ticket prices have not been released.

Posted by on March 11, 2013. Filed under Around Campus,Events,Updates. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

One Response to Coming Soon: Student-Directed Play “Mrs. Packard”

  1. Anna

    March 12, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Thanks for the promo Hannah! Tickets are actually free, but they are first come first serve at the door, so be sure to get there early! The shows are Friday the 22nd at 7pm and Saturday the 23rd at 7pm – after the Friday show there will be a panel response featuring Dr. Mehta, Dean Boehm, and Dr. Wade!