By Emily Mann
Directed by Andrew Ryder
In 1860, without proof but within his legal right, Rev. Theophilus Packard had his wife, Elizabeth, committed to the Illinois Hospital for the Insane.
Imprisoned for three years, Elizabeth continued to battle her confinement and defend her sanity. Once free, Mrs. Packard devoted her life to improving the treatment of the mentally ill in America and defending the rights of married women.
Emily Mann’s gripping play is a back-and-forth journey between Elizabeth’s incarceration and the trial that sets her free.
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