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In response to the latest COVID-19 surge, spring semester classes will take place remotely through January 30, 2022.

ReWritten: Tom Truss and Matthew Cumbie

Canceled due to Covid-19

Update on January 10, 2022: Sadly, we are unable to present this program due to the rapid rise of Covid-19 cases in our area. Salem State has made the decision to remain in a remote modality through January 30. If you have purchased tickets we will refund your purchases directly. We hope to bring this powerful work to campus at a later date.


ReWritten is a performance project that explores the often-silenced intimate relationship between authors Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville; moving between their lives, work, and their remaining letters, it uses this intergenerational queer love story that helped shape American literature as a portal to reflect on friendship, writing, social morés, letters and notions of queerness. Conceived of by Tom Truss and co-created with Matthew Cumbie, ReWritten brings movement, text, live music, visual art, and projection together to create multidisciplinary performances and a series of community engagements. 

COVID-19 Safety

Masks are required indoors on the Salem State campus. Our venue capacities are reduced. We ask that you not attend any event if you are feeling unwell. All campus event attendees are expected to follow university policies (including health and safety policies) and posted instructions while at any of our venues.

Image: Shirin Kazimov

When 9:00pm
Sophia Gordon Center, North Campus
356 Lafayette Street, Salem, MA 01970
Karen A Gahagan

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