For Immediate Release:

July 11, 2023

Media Contact:
Christine Freitas
Phone: (508) 347-0328

Not So New New Englander's performance explores the history of the cultures that comprise our Central MA community

July 15 and 16, doors open at 5:00 p.m., show starts at 5:15 p.m.

Sturbridge, M.A. Come to Old Sturbridge Village in the daytime to learn about the resistance and resilience of marginalized communities and how they overcame obstacles and helped make progress for all Americans, then stay for a special presentation at the theater in the visitor center after hours.

Inspired by the writing of students at Old Sturbridge Academy Charter Public School and Robert Brown (author of The New New Englanders), Not So New New Englanders is an educational and engaging play directed by Jasmin Rivas, Director of DEIA at Old Sturbridge Village, and Aprell May Daily, Writer and Journalist for the Republican in Springfield.

In this approximately 90-minute program, audience members will watch as three students go on a journey of discovering the incredible stories and experiences of underrepresented people in the history of Southbridge, Springfield, and Worcester. On their journey they learn more about themselves, the community, and our society as it exists both in the past and the present. Audience members will learn about little-known historical figures, communities, and cultures in New England history through stories told by them in a unique multimedia production.

The production is possible in part from a grant from the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, and the generous support of Empowering People for Inclusive Communities, African Community Education, and Pa' Lante.


The program will be in the Stephen M. Brewer Theater, located in the Visitor Center at Old Sturbridge Village. Pre-registration is highly recommended. 

All are welcome. On Saturday, July 15th, there will be an American Sign Language interpreter present during the show and the theater has accessible seating.


Please note: This production includes topics such as racism, slavery, and police brutality.


Members of the media are invited to attend daytime and evening programming. To schedule, contact Christine Freitas at (508) 347-0328 or

For b-roll, images, and interview requests, please contact Christine Freitas at

About Old Sturbridge Village
Old Sturbridge Village, first opened to the public in 1946, is one of the country's oldest and largest living history museums, celebrating life in early New England from 1790-1840. It is the largest living history museum in the Northeast. More than 200,000 visitors interact with costumed historians each year, experience up-close demonstrations of early American trades, and meet heritage breed farm animals. Situated on 200 scenic acres, the Village is a collection of more than 40 historic buildings - including homes, meetinghouses, trade shops, working farms, restaurants, shops, and three water-powered mills.

Located just off the Massachusetts Turnpike and Routes I-84 and 20 in Sturbridge, Mass., Old Sturbridge Village is open year-round, but days and hours vary seasonally. Daily admission is: $30 for adults, $28 for seniors, $15 for College Students, $15 for children ages 4-17, and children 3 and under are admitted free. For details, visit  
Old Sturbridge Village is also the managing partner of Coggeshall Farm Museum in Bristol, R.I. Members at OSV receive reciprocal membership at Coggeshall Farm Museum.
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