On Stage at Roberson:  “Apron Strings”
Inspired by Roberson’s exhibition, The Civil War

Roberson Museum and Science Center, in partnership with award-winning Binghamton Playwright Laura Cunningham and Southern Tier Actors Read (S.T.A.R.) co-founder Judy McMahon, has announced details of “Apron Strings,” a new theatrical production inspired by Roberson’s newest exhibition, The Civil War. 

Laura Cunningham has written the play “Apron Strings,” drawing on various characters and events described in Roberson’s The Civil War exhibition.  The play features four soldiers and a drummer boy who are returning from the Civil War to their homes in Broome County, and another man, Samuel, who is en route to Syracuse, New York. The six all served together in the Union Army.  The story twists and turns as these characters travel in a freight compartment of the Erie Railway.

With “Apron Strings” Roberson is blending exhibition skills with performance artistry to bring extraordinary creativity to storytelling.  Roberson’s Executive Director Terry McDonald calls it a partnership of museum and acting talents that brings the past to life.

The play features seven local actors and will be performed in the Roberson Mansion ballroom under the direction of Judy McMahon.  A custom stage is being designed and built for the production by Roberson’s exhibition team.

There will be four performances of “Apron Strings” with opening night on Thursday, February 23 at 7:30pm.  The performance schedule is as follows:

Thursday, February 23 – 7:30pm

Friday, February 24 – 7:30pm

Saturday, February 25 – 7:30pm

Sunday, February 26 – 2:00pm

Tickets for “Apron Strings” are $8 for Roberson Members and $10 for non-members.  Tickets are available now at Roberson, online by CLICKING HERE or by calling 772-0660.

                                                      “Apron Strings” is sponsored by

Funding for Roberson is provided, in part, by general operating support grants from the United Cultural Fund, a program of the Broome County Arts Council, the Conrad and Virginia Klee Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Support provided by the general operations support grants from the United Cultural Fund, a program of the Broome County Arts Council; the Conrad and Virginia Klee Foundation; the Zoos, Botanical Gardens and Aquariums Program, administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreational, and Historical Preservation; and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.