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Portsmouth Community Theater, Historical Society to present ‘Ghostly Witness’ play

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — The Portsmouth Community Theater and Portsmouth Historical Society will present a play, “The Ghostly Witness: The Untimely and Uncertain Death of Rebecca Cornell.”

The play will take place Sunday, Sept. 8, from 4 to 5  p.m. in the Audience Room of the Portsmouth Historical Society Museum, 870 East Main Road, Portsmouth.

This is a free courtroom drama.

Based on an actual transcript of the 1673 murder trial of Thomas Cornell, actors from the Portsmouth Community Theater will portray witnesses that gave testimony during the trial.

This is a smaller cast version of the original “Ghostly Witness” that was performed in honor of Portsmouth’s 375th Anniversary Celebration. After they have heard the evidence, the audience will get a chance to take the role of jurors and vote on the verdict.

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