ReWritten (a work in progress)

ReWritten (working title), a new work-in-progress created and performed by Tom Truss and Matthew Cumbie, explores the rarely talked about romantic relationship between American literary figures Nathanial Hawthorne and Herman Melville. Based on the lives, work, and still-existing correspondence, ReWritten ignites the desire between these two that got erased. Through found and original text, music and movement, ReWritten reimagines a queer love story across generations that gives shape to American literature when a country still forming and the word ‘homosexual’ had not yet been coined.

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