Historic Cherry Hill in Albany will host “Swept Clean,” an immersive theatre experience written by Dr. Krysta Dennis, which tells the Gilded Age story of crisis and romance following the financial ruin of the Van Rensselaer descendants residing at Cherry Hill.
Kitty, the protagonist, is coming of age during a time when New York’s old aristocratic families are losing ascendancy, supplanted by the New Millionaires and their incomparable industry-based fortunes. Kitty, who descended from one of Albany’s founding Dutch families, clings to history and tradition and turns to romantic love as her only possible hope of redemption. She is being courted by the promising young lawyer, Edward Rankin, who just might hold the key to her future — and the future of her ancestral home, Cherry Hill.
While the story line follows Kitty, the spotlight also shines on other members of the household — Hattie, Kitty’s cousin who is trapped in an abusive relationship; Minnie, an African American servant who was raised at Cherry Hill from the age of two; and Mary, Hattie’s maid who holds a secret that may be Hattie’s undoing.
“Swept Clean” will bring audiences into intimate encounter with the past through the authentic setting of Cherry Hill, a script drawn from the manuscript holdings of the museum, and costume design by Brittney Belz that includes an authentic reproduction from the museum collections. Swept Clean is directed by Janet Hurley Kimlicko and produced by NorthEast Theatre Ensemble. Tickets are $20.
Performances will take place Friday, May 13th, at 6:30 pm; Saturday, May 14th, at 2 pm; Sunday, May 15th, at 2 pm; Friday, May 20th, at 6:30 pm; Saturday, May 21st, at 6:30 pm; Sunday, May 22nd, at 2 pm; Friday, May 27th, at 6:30 pm; Saturday, May 28th, at 6:30 pm; and Sunday, May 29th, at 2 pm.
For more information visit the Historic Cherry Hill website.