Lowell Lecture

Coercion, Conflict, and Consensus: Revolution is Brewing (Anew!) in Boston

Date & Time

May 15, 2024 at 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.


Old South Meeting House
310 Washington Street Boston, MA 02108
Driving Directions


Matthew Wilding

Presenting Organization

Revolutionary Spaces




Amanda Bertone (abertone@revolutionaryspaces.org, 6177201713)

In the wake of the Boston Tea Party, the British government in 1774 sought to rein in Massachusetts colonists with a series of harsh laws that closed Boston’s port and severely limited the right to representative government and due process of law. The fallout from these so-called Coercive Acts, including the attempted dissolution of the colony’s legislative branch, sparked intense debates within the community and became a critical factor on the road to the American Revolution.

To mark the 250th anniversary, Revolutionary Spaces is hosting a special night of Revolution is Brewing, our award-winning immersive experience that allows audiences to take on the role of British subjects from across the political spectrum as they debate how to respond to the Coercive Acts.

The best part? You will be playing alongside both historians and current Massachusetts elected officials who will also take part in a post-game panel discussion and Q&A to reflect on the meaning of the Coercive Acts today, with a particular focus on the role of the Massachusetts Legislature in our constitutional scheme of state government. The topics heatedly debated at the time—competing interpretations of representative government, the relative powers of the executive and legislative branches, the role of the individual and community in relation to government proper , and the consequences of resisting arbitrary power—still resonate strongly today.

Old South Meeting House doors will open at 5:30 pm, the game will begin at 6:00 pm, and the panel discussion will start at 7:30 pm. Both the game and discussion are free and open to the public, and drinks and refreshments will be served. There are a limited number of players for the game, so please register for a slot in advance. All are welcomed to watch the game unfold— it’s just as much fun to watch as to play!

Coercion, Conflict, and Consensus is made possible by the generous support of The Lowell Institute. Revolution Is Brewing was developed in partnership with the award-winning education game designers Gigantic Mechanic.