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Script: Wormeley feared a neighborhood ‘overrun with townfolk’

by Tom Chillemi

The past came alive during Founders’ Day in Urbanna on August 4 through the play “Urbanna: The Town That Almost Wasn’t.”

The theatrical production brought to life the story of Urbanna’s founding by costumed all-volunteer local living history players.

The play was fittingly held in the Middlesex Woman’s Club building, which was Middlesex County’s courthouse from 1748 to 1852.

The story of Urbanna’s founding is based on meticulous research by historian and author Larry Chowning and published in his landmark book, “Signatures in Time, a Living History of Middlesex County.”

All facts are well documented, said historian and play creator, producer and director Barbara Lovelace

Lovelace commented: “It was truly wonderful to be able to share the story of Urbanna’s origins with our citizens and visitors! This tale, told right out of our historic documents as researched and published in Signatures in Time, lends itself to dramatic script-building and retelling. History is ultimately about the people who lived it, and the tensions of the times in Middlesex’s late 17th century history reflect human emotions present in each time and place. Our all-volunteer cast and stage crew did a superb job of bringing our uniquely Urbanna history to life!”

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The cast of “Urbanna: The Town That Almost Wasn’t” includes, from left, George Throckmorton as William Churchill, Nancy Fisk as Matthew Kemp, Paul Malone as Robert Dudley, Danny Lawyer Jr. as Ralph Wormeley III, Peni Roberts as Elizabeth Wormeley, and Jerry May as Ralph Wormeley II. Joining them (at right) is Barbara Lovelace who wrote, produced and directed the play.

posted 08.08.2018

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