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Director/Playwright Emily Mann (photo of Emily Mann)

Mrs. Packard: Fund for New American Plays

New Jersey's renowned McCarter Theatre Company performs this fascinating account of one woman's determination to right a system gone terribly wrong.

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The Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays and
McCarter Theatre present  

Mrs. Packard  
By Emily Mann

"Fascinating... a stunning new work!"
--The New York Times

"A powerful story…an experience you won't easily forget."
--Courier News

"GRIPPING! A powerfully told, blistering social horror story…Mrs. Packard is a cautionary tale about the volatile blend of sex, religion and paternalism, and what happens when women lose control over their own choices and their own lives. Everyone should see it, and anyone with power or influence in regard to so-called ‘women's issues,' should see it twice."
--Home News Tribune

Based on the true story of Elizabeth Packard, New Jersey's renowned McCarter Theatre Company performs this fascinating account of one woman's determination to right a system gone terribly wrong. In 1861, Mrs. Packard's husband, a reverend, has her committed to an asylum after she questions his religious beliefs. Once there, she meets her charming foe, Dr. McFarland. Their inevitable clash proves to be surprising and devastating for them both. 

Watch the trailer

Read McCarter Theatre's rehearsal blog for the show

Read more about the story of Elizabeth Packard
including her biography, a historical context of mental illness in the 19th century, and a timeline of events - plus writer/director Emily Mann on the production, who's who in the cast, and more.

PROGRAM NOTE:  This performance contains mature content. 

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