Each January, Historic Kenmore presents Twelfth Night at Kenmore, a dramatic theater presentation that imagines the first Christmas that Fielding and Betty Washington Lewis spent in their newly built home. The play is set in January 1776 and that year is not a time for the usual celebration. War brings fear, doubt, and frustration to the Lewis family and their friends.
The 2019 edition of Twelfth Night at Kenmore took place January 11 and 12. Here are a few photos from the performances.
Snow begins to fall on Kenmore.
Rachel Sargeant as Lucy Thorton Lewis greets visitors in the Passage.
Rae Ehlen as Fielding Lewis (L) and Wilson Johnson as George Weedon (R) share the latest war news.
Anne Lloyd as Mary Washington (L) and Corinn Keene as Nancy Alexander Lewis (R) discuss how the war endangers their loved ones.
Ashlee James as Rachel, the washerwoman (L), and Gladys Perkins as Hetty, the cook (R), talk about the wisdom of running away to freedom promised by the British.
Barbara Cochran as Betty Washington Lewis.
Michael S. Taylor as John Lewis.
Singing “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.”
Marcus Salley as Pompey, the blacksmith, tends a fire.
Sam Fulton as Henry Mitchell, Fredericksburg merchant, alone in the Drawing Room.
Pompy asks Henry Mitchel why he is a Loyalist.