It is clear that there is a hunger; a visceral need to reunite with the past; to learn from history, and to create a more fortuitous future. It is from this need that History At Play™, LLCwas berthed.
HAP's debut performance, A Revolution of Her Own!™, chronicling the life of Deborah Sampson, premiered in 2010, and has toured nonstop, playing nearly 2,500 times, and appearing Off-Broadway, on 42nd Street, in New York City. The production's first virtual viewing in March 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, yielded nearly 1000 viewers.
About History At Play™, LLC
History At Play™, LLC (HAP) was created to educate and entertain audiences worldwide. Our Immersive Living History Experiences breathe life into the stories of influential and often forgotten figures. Founder & Artistic Director J. Kalaora created educational escapism through her work as an 18th-Century historical interpreter and tour guide in Boston, MA. It was there that Kalaora portrayed The American Heroine Deborah Sampson and noted the repeated occurrence of guests asking:
"Tell us more about Deborah!"
HAP proudly offers a portfolio of unique tailor-crafted events, productions, and experiences to maximize audience impact, expound upon emotional intelligence, and connect patrons and viewers to a world entirely unlike their own. Based in Boston, Massachusetts, the company tours internationally and includes highly venerated interpreters, historians, and motivational speakers from across the globe. HAP presents high quality virtual and hybrid programming and was the first historical entertainment company in the United States to convert to an entirely virtual format. This strategic and rapid pivot in the face of change attracted the attention of journalists and industry leaders throughout Europe and the United States. Producing tailor-designed living history experiences for our clients is our passion. Providing ready-made Immersive Experiences for our patrons is our profession.
Experiences may be facilitated by roundtable discussions, talkbacks, workshops, and lectures. Founder J. Kalaora is the winner of multiple awards conferred by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Senate and the House of Representatives; the four-time recipient of the Bob Jolly Charitable Trust Grant; the 2019 Recipient of the Dr. Bobby Gilmer Moss Lectureship Series Award, conferred by the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution; and the 2021 winner of the Women in the Arts Award, bestowed by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
In 2025, HAP is proud to debut Belle v. Bett (working title), chronicling the lives of rival Civil War spies Belle Boyd and Elizabeth van Lew. This two-person production features HAP troupe member Laura Rocklyn as the vivacious, rebellious Belle Boyd, and HAP Artistic Director Judith Kalaora as the eccentric and determined Elizabeth van Lew ( i.e. 'Crazy Bett'). No matter where History At Play™, LLC performs, our historical interpreters and speakers inspire and exhilarate!