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Why do pirates say “arrr” and never have enough rum? Pull alongside as Jennifer Emerson spins a lively tale of how the brand narrative of screen pirates evolved in cinema – from their screen debut to Curse of the Black Pearl – and how they came to make their mark on popular culture.
$16.50 includes a guided tour of the museum.
6:30 museum tour. 7:00pm presentation.
The great granddaughter of the captain of a fishing schooner (built in Gloucester’s Essex Story Yard), and the daughter of a Submariner, Jennifer is proud of her maritime roots.
From First-Person Interpreter to Curator, she brings over twenty years of museum and performing experience to her creative work. During her eleven years at Mystic Seaport (Mystic, CT) her passion for maritime history led to a deep dive into whaling in the great age of sail, early 20th century New England fisheries, the daily life of ordinary sailors, and the folks ashore to tried to ensure they got a fair deal. Though she did not serve on the staff as a Chanteyman, she was trained during her time there.
At the age of five, Jennifer saw Treasure Island for the first time. Disney’s 1950 Technicolor masterpiece captured her imagination. But it was John Huston’s 1956 adaptation of Moby-Dick that sold that little girl on high seas adventure. Combined with a love of acting and the daily lives of ordinary sailors, her search for connecting themes in pirate films began.
Jennifer holds a BA in Theatre Arts, Speech & Film from Keene State College and an MFA in Creative Writing from Fairfield University. She lives and works in Salem: both in her own performance company, The Petticoat Pages, but also as Special Projects Coordinator for Intramersive Media.