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New Winter Theatrical Performance at Old Sturbridge Village

Members of the programming staff at Old Sturbridge Village announce an exciting new theatrical experience that the Village will present this winter. In February, Old Sturbridge Village introduces an innovative, new way to experience New England's premier living history museum: Midwinter Mischief.

Imagine the tale of a Yankee peddler passing through the Village who decides to settle down at the Bullard Tavern on a cold winter's night. There the peddler spends every dollar he has earned on food and drink, racking up a tab far beyond his means. After being confronted over his debt, the peddler fills his cup with ashes from the hearth and promises the tavern owner that he will return with a cup overflowing of gold. From the Bullard Tavern, costumed storytellers, artisans and villagers will entice tavern guests to wander deep into the Village where they will find evidence of the peddler's adventures and schemes.

"On select weekends in February, small groups of guests will embark every 15 minutes on a one-hour and 45-minute journey through the Village where they will encounter villagers and trades people as they learn about the trials and tribulations of winter life in 1830s New England," said Darin Johnson, Senior Strategist at Old Sturbridge Village. "This new experience combines theatrical storytelling, historical interpretation and period dining to create an interactive and intimate journey through the Village, and is unlike anything we've done before."

Admission to Midwinter Mischief includes the one-hour and 45-minute outdoor/indoor experience and a period-inspired lunch in the Village's Bullard Tavern where guests will enjoy live music, demonstrations, and a cash bar featuring hot beverages and 1830s-inspired libations. Each day, the first experience departs the Bullard Tavern at 9:30 am and the last at 3:00 pm, with experiences beginning every 15 minutes.

Midwinter Mischief was conceived, written and directed by P.J. Griffith of New York, NY, and will be brought to life by Old Sturbridge Village's costumed historians, artisans and farmers.

"At Midwinter Mischief, guests will hear, taste, smell and feel their way through a wintertime adventure set in 1830s rural New England," said P.J. Griffith, creator and director of Midwinter Mischief. "The curated journey through Old Sturbridge Village is designed to be equal parts entertaining and educational. I grew up in rural Connecticut - just a half hour from Old Sturbridge Village, and am thrilled to be returning to the Village to share my passion for early American history and experiential storytelling."

P.J. Griffith most recently appeared in Old Sturbridge Village's The Sleepy Hollow Experience and Sleepy No More, the acclaimed immersive theatrical experience in New York City. P.J.'s theater credits also include St. Jimmy in American Idiot on Broadway, Jett Rink in The Public Theater's premiere of Giant directed by Michael Greif, the first national tours of Mamma Mia and We Will Rock You, the Donmar Warehouse Mark Taper Forum Revival of Parade, the regional premiere of Rent at Musical Theatre West, the Los Angeles revival of The Who's Tommy with Alice Ripley, and the world premiere of Mark Saltzman's Setup & Punch at The Blank Theater for which P.J. received the 2010 LA Drama Critics Circle Award.

Midwinter Mischief Schedule

February 4 - 5, 11 - 12 and 18 - 19

Note - Old Sturbridge Village will be closed for regular, daytime visitation on Midwinter Mischief weekends. Both the general public and museum members will be required to purchase a ticket to Midwinter Mischief during this period.

Midwinter Mischief Tickets

Non-members: $30 Adult | $20 Youth (ages 5 - 17)

OSV Members: $20 Adult | $10 Youth (ages 5 - 17)

Note - Admission includes 1.45-hour outdoor/indoor experience and a 19th-century inspired lunch at the Bullard Tavern - beverages not included.

Old Sturbridge Village will be open weekends in January for regular daytime visitation, as well as February 22 to 26 for School Vacation Week with the Village's annual Sleigh Rally scheduled for Sunday, February 26.

About Old Sturbridge Village

Old Sturbridge Village, the largest living history museum in the Northeast, depicts a rural New England town of the 1830s. Each year, more than 250,000 visitors interact with costumed historians, experience up-close demonstrations of early American trades, and meet heritage breed farm animals. Situated on 200 scenic acres, the Village is a collection of more than 40 historic buildings - including homes, meetinghouses, trade shops, working farms and three water-powered mills - restaurants, shops and the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges.

Located just off the Massachusetts Turnpike and Routes I-84 and 20 in Sturbridge, Mass., Old Sturbridge Village is open year-round, but days and hours vary seasonally. Daytime admission is: $28 for adults, $26 for seniors, $14 for children ages 3-17, and children 2 and under are admitted free. Each admission includes free parking and a free second-day visit within 10 days. For details, visit

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