From 2019 to 2022, Claire worked as a writer and performer for Colonial Williamsburg's Jug Broke Theatre Company, writing and collaborating on nearly thirty brand new plays and programs, of which these are some!
Ladies of Llangollen

A true story of true love.

In 1780, Sarah Ponsonby and Eleanor Butler eloped together from Ireland to Wales, and for fifty years shared their lives in a picturesque countryside cottage called “Plas Newydd”, meaning "Our New Home". Told through the voice of Mary Caryll, their dedicated housekeeper and loyal friend, this musical romance gives life to the ladies’ own words, lovingly adapted from their diaries, letters, and poetry. Ladies of Llangollen was featured in this article written by Mr. Peter Marks of the Washington Post:
Love at a Distance

Whom shall she choose?

Poetry! Romance! A historically accurate courtship experience in the comfort of your very own parlor! This choose-your-own-adventure Instagram Story Series allowed our audiences to determine the fate of the fair young Prudence and her eight silly suitors, who engaged in an array of poetic duels to become her one true love. This series also featured poems by Luke Schares, and the talents of many gentlemen from CW's museum theatre department. 

Helping families discuss slavery and anti-racism.

Loquacious Lucy: Queen for a Day
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When Lucy, a gregarious and loquacious young enslaved girl, discovers that her best friend is being sold away, she finds comfort and courage in the story of the extraordinary Queen Nzinga, shared with her by her wise and loving father. Written with Mary Carter and Dave Catanese, with support from our museum theatre family. 
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Juvenilia

Even the greatest had to start somewhere.

An aspiring young writer inveigles her siblings and friend into performing a double bill of mystery and comedy for her utterly bewildered father. What is the dreadful and furtive secret concealed by the Humbug family? Whom shall marry whom at the Fitzgeralds’ dinner party? And as to that young writer…doesn’t she seem just the slightest bit familiar? The answers to all your most pressing questions can be found in Claire's adaptation of Jane Austen’s Juvenilia.
Star Flyer

Time to be brave.

Sybil Luddington longs for much more than her provincial life can offer, but her daydreams of glory are frequently interrupted by the down-to-earth needs of her militia colonel father, tenacious farmer mother, and seven little siblings. However, the impending arrival of British Forces in a nearby town offers Sybil the chance to be a hero of which she’s always dreamed.
Perambulations of a Rat

A morality tail.

On Christmas Day, the Chowning family emerges from the belly of the Beast of Fishmastide, but accidentally leave behind their youngest member, Pandora. Hoping to find her way back to Williamsburg, Pandora teams up with talking rat Wimberly Crumb on a magical adventure that teaches our unlikely heroes an important lesson about honesty, selflessness, and the importance of family.
Guillotine in a Garden

A breakup play about the French Revolution.

[to the tune of "Eleanor Rigby":]

Mary Wollstonecraft
Writes manifestoes defending the rights of her sex.
She hates her ex.
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