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"Echoes: Voices from the Church Farm"

Thumbnail image for churchfarm2 (1).jpgEastern faculty, students and staff, as well as local residents, were provided a rare treat on May 6 and 7 when students from Theatre Professor J.J. Cobb's Special Topics class presented "Echoes: Voices from the Church Farm" at the Church Farm Center for the Arts and Sciences in Ashford. The "site-specific" performance recreated the history of the family that owned the Church clothing store chain in Willimantic, Hartford, Putnam and Danielson in the 19th and 20th centuries, with the performance taking place on the family's former country residence. 

Thumbnail image for churchfarm2 (2).jpg"Echoes" was written and directed by Assistant Professor of Theatre J. J. Cobb, based on historical research that she and History Professor Barbara Tucker conducted on the Church family and the farm property. In 2007, Joseph and Dorothy (Church) Zaring donated the Church Farm to the ECSU Foundation, Inc., for the use and benefit of Eastern and its students. 


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