Pontine Theatre presents its original staging of THE STORY OF A BAD BOY. Thomas Bailey Aldrich’s classic story of a boy’s adventures in fictional Rivermouth (Portsmouth), New Hampshire come to life in Pontine’s production. With an innovative use of puppetry and projected images, Greg Gathers and Marguerite Mathews tell the autobiographical story of a lively boy and his companions in mid-19th century Portsmouth, where Aldrich was sent to live under the watchful eyes of his grandfather and maiden aunt. Aldrich’s boyhood home is open to the public on the grounds of Strawbery Banke Museum. Unlike earlier stories, THE STORY OF A BAD BOY was not an idealized narrative. Hailed as the first realistic depiction of childhood in American fiction, it is considered an inspiration for THE ADVENTURES OF TOME SAWYER, by Aldrich’s friend Mark Twain.