Geneva Historical Society Brings 19th Century Washington St Cemetery “Residents” to Life Oct 3&4

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From Beyond:Washington Street Cemetery Stories

Performers Will Tell Stories of Washington Street Cemetery “Residents”


Friday, October 3, 6-8pm

Saturday, October 4, 2-4pm


The Presbyterian Church

24 Park Place

Geneva, NY

$10 for adults

$5 for students

Encounter the spirits of Geneva’s past in a theatrical program to be held this fall at historic Washington Street Cemetery. From Beyond: Washington Street Cemetery Stories, will feature community actors portraying citizens of Geneva’s 19th-century past. On Friday, October 3 from 6 to 8 p. m. and Saturday, October 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. performers will “haunt” the cemetery and bring their past back to life. Stories will include those of the first graduate of West Point, a local Civil War colonel, an early children’s book author, and a local African-American abolitionist. Live music of the Civil War era will also be provided by the group Rowhouse.

From Beyond begins at The Presbyterian Church at 24 Park Place. From the church, participants will be led to Washington Street Cemetery to hear the tales of the cemetery’s residents. Tours will leave the church every 10 minutes. Those attending are encouraged to dress for the weather. The tour requires walking 4/10ths of a mile and stand during the performance. Performances will last approximately 25 minutes. For those unable to walk or stand, accessible performances will be held in the church hall on Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. Reservations are required for the accessible performances. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, grade school through college level. As space is limited, reservations are strongly encouraged for all tours. Refreshments will be available in the Fellowship Hall at the Church.

From Beyond: Washington Street Cemetery Stories is directed by Chris Woodworth, a Geneva native and Assistant Professor of Theatre at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Recent local directing credits include Radium Girls for HWS Theatre and And Baby Makes Seven for Headless Sullivan Theater. She is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and an alum of the SITI Company Summer Intensive.

This program is presented by the Geneva Historical Society and the Founder’s Square Neighborhood Association with the support of WEOS Public Radio. For more information or to make a reservation, call the Geneva Historical Society at 315-789-5151.