February 17, 2022
Colonial Boston was a hotbed of social and political ferment, in revolt against the tyrannies of the Crown and Puritan authority, still reeling from the horrors of the Salem witch trials. The smallpox epidemic of 1721, the city’s worst, became the catalyst for change. Stephen Coss brings together an amazing cast of characters—Rev. Cotton Mather and his enslaved African servant, Onesimus; Dr. Zabdiel Boylston; Elisha Cook, Jr; James Franklin and his teenage brother, Benjamin—to tell the story of a year that altered the course of American history, launched American-style journalism, and became a turning point in the eradication of mankind’s deadliest disease.
Presented by the Woodstock Fine Arts Association.
Tickets are $27 and may be purchased through the box office
121 West Van Buren Street
Woodstock, Illinois 60098