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ReWritten with Tom Truss and Matthew Cumbie

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Salem Night - Free admission for Salem residents with ID

September 16, 7:30-9 pm | Sophia Gordon Center

Conceived of by Tom Truss and co-created with Matthew Cumbie, ReWritten reflects on the often-overlooked intimate relationship between Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne as a way to explore queerness, history, intimacy, writing and self-expression. The relationship between Hawthorne and Melville has been characterized as one of the most mysterious and fruitful friendships in American letters, yet the letters from Hawthorne to Melville are missing. ReWritten springboards from this historic gap and time-hops between then and now as an attempt to expand how we see ourselves in these stories. Through performances and community engagements, ReWritten weaves together dance, music, visual art, projection, and text, and reimagines an intergenerational queer love story.

"ReWritten: A Love Story Lost explores the possibilities between Hawthorne and Melville"

- The Berkshire Edge

General Admission: $15 
Seniors/all students: $10 
Under 18: FREE 

This event is a Salem night, free admission for Salem residents with an ID at the door. 

Creative Team
Tom Truss & Matthew Cumbie, co-creators + performers
Larry Burke, filmmaker
Roma Flowers, projection design
Rudy Ramirez, director
Diane Samuels, visual design
Katherine Stubbs, dramaturg
Jeremy Winchester, set and lighting design

Photo by Shirin Kazimov

About the co-creators

Matthew Cumbie (he/him/his) is a collaborative dancemaker and artist educator living in Washington, DC. His work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities, the Arcus Foundation, and the Somerville Arts Council. Originally from Houston, Texas, Matthew holds an MFA in dance from Texas Woman’s University and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Colby College.

Tom Truss (he/him/his) is a community-based artist, educator and performer. Truss has performed and/or shown his work at The Kennedy and Lincoln Centers, The Joyce, On the Boards, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Roundhouse Theatre, and The New Zealand Fringe, to name a few, as well as in rivers, used furniture stores, and fire escapes. He currently co-hosts Ask Your Gay Uncle, an advice podcast, with his gay nephew, and is devising a dance/theatre/puppet solo show called Behind The Tapestry.

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COVID-19 protocols for 2022- 2023. Salem State is a mask-flexible campus. We strongly encourage you to be up to date with your vaccinations, and we ask that you do not come to campus if you are experiencing any new symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19. 

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

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