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OTP - An Education in Prudence


In 1833, to further their education, two dozen African American girls traveled from across the free states to a new school in a small Connecticut town. They met insults, assaults, and a new law threatening fines and whippings if they remained. Their teacher, a white Quaker woman, was jailed. With their school on trial, they challenged the law itself – their defense, simply that, as they were born in this country, they were citizens entitled to every right of citizenship. Weaving together past and present, AN EDUCATION IN PRUDENCE traces this story through the eyes of young women visiting the modern-day museum about these events and grappling with how to claim America’s promise in the face of powerful men with different views of what makes our nation great.


Open Theatre Project was formed to transform lives and build thriving communities through high-quality theatrical experiences.  We are dedicated to providing artistic opportunities which allow the expression of diverse ideas to traditional and non-traditional audiences.

ur work is defined by the passion of individual artists in partnership with the culture of professionalism and collaboration we build around each of our creative endeavors.

We welcome all backgrounds, skill levels, and perspectives in order to broaden voices in theater with a particular focus on developing opportunities for women, people of color, LGBTQ and the elderly.


Christa Brown - Julia, Julia Williams, William Wolcott Ellsworth
Caitlin Gjerdrum - Miss C, Prudence Crandall
Shana Jackson - Ann, Eliza Hammond
Mary O'Donnell - Eleanor Denison, Joyce Peters, Roger Coit, William Wolcott Ellsworth
Kevin Paquette - William Lloyd Garrison, The Judge, Mr. Trowbridge
Tenneh Sillah - Sarah, Sarah Harris
Jon Vellante - Coach Drew, Andrew T. Judson
Regine Vital - Hope, Hope Williams

Technical Director: Ben Lieberson
Lighting Designer: Ibrahima Tylar Jahumpa
Scenic & Props Designer: Abby Shenker
Costume Designer: Rachael LInker
Sound Designer: Grant Furgiuele

Playwright: Stefan Lanfer
Director: Pascale Florestal
Historian: Beth Miller
Dramaturg: Phaedra Scott
Stage Manager: Aisha Stewart
ASM : Margaret Kosten
Production Manager: Dustin D. Bell
Producer : Alexandra Smith

8PM – Feb 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24
3PM – Feb 10, 11, 17, 18, 24
8:30PM - INDUSTRY NIGHT – Feb 21


OTP is committed to inclusion and access at ALL of our productions. We will be featuring PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN performances on Saturday Matinees and at our Wednesday INDUSTRY NIGHT

Street Parking is available after 6PM Mon-Fri & on weekends. We recommend using the public lot on Centre St., grab a bite to eat at one of JP's wonderful restaurants and you'll be a 3 minute walk up to St. John's.

OTP's black box at St. John's Church is wheelchair accessible, however access to rest rooms requires an alternate entrance. We're all about making sure our audience is taken care of, so please let us know if any assistance is needed.