During the American Revolutionary War, the British set up prison ships in various harbors along the East Coast. Conditions were grave and a sentence to the ship was, in reality, a sentence to death. Each day began with the call from English soldiers for the rebels imprisoned down below, to locate and pass their dead to the deck of the ship.
This is the setting for the new play by Wichita playwright, Lisa Sillaway, which debuted in 2016 at the Bread & Roses Theatre in Clapham, London and makes its American debut June 28, 29 and 30 at College Hill United Methodish Church. The play, Unanchored, takes place in a cell on one of these prison ships – which became, essentially, floating coffins.
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