History & Tourism

Mansfield History Comes To Life In New Play Written By Local Playwrights

23 Mar , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse, From Renaissance Performing Arts Association

Young and Unsullied, a new play by local playwrights Alison Bolen and Jason Kaufman, tells the harrowing, yet  ultimately redemptive story  of Ruby Crowe, a resident of Mansfield in the early decades of the 20th century. Ruby’s life unfolds through the lens of a trending YouTube star who discovers a 100-year-old letter in a condemned Victorian mansion on Park Avenue West. 

Through the letter, we meet Ruby, her family, her confidant, and the Tarkington-esque social climbers of a turn of the century Midwestern industrial town. Though still in her teens, Ruby marries Alexander Tarr, a well known and ambitious lecturer on the Chautauqua circuit who will stop at nothing to build his  empire. When he implicates Ruby in a lewd scheme to win over a wealthy investor, she is pushed to her breaking point.  It’s a story of fame, abuse, and sexual betrayal simmering beneath a venner of opulence, intellectualsim and Victorian propriety.

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