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Summerland tells the mysterious tale of William H. Mumler, a spirit photographer with a talent for capturing haunting images of the dead from the world beyond the veil – Summerland. Based on true events that didn’t exactly happen this way, Summerland is set in Mumler’s New York studio in 1869 at the height of the American Spiritualist movement. Summerland opens at the peak of Mumler’s career, just as his wildly successful studio trade comes under indictment for fraud. Chief Marshal Joseph Tooker investigates Mumler’s past and his process, uncovering much more than he bargained for in his search for truth. Summerland is about the collision between the two men’s opposing beliefs about the afterlife. Is it a hoax, or is it real? Finding the answer to either question threatens to destroy them. Are we standing between two worlds, are there such things as spirits, or is it only Mrs. Mumler moving in the shadows? No evidence remains, only lingering questions: What happens to us when we die? Do our loved ones really await us in Summerland?
"Jones’ Summerland is an engaging and cerebral thriller. But why leave it at that? Allow yourself to get caught up in some of its deeper reflections and you’ll find a tale about the pursuit of faith and truth, about our willingness to accept senses that reach beyond science and logic." - Cincinnati Enquirer
"[...] the overall examination of the themes of death, loss, and grief makes this one a big winner [...] for all artistic directors looking for their next great fall “Halloween” show, this one is a sure-fire hit." - The Sappy Critic,