The Haunted Files & Monologue Mission
“Built on Immigrants, Settled for Disaster”
By Elliot Babilonia (he/him)
Read by J.D. Mollison
“America, The (not so) Great”
By Nicaulis Mercedes (she/her)
Read by Kyla Garcia
“The Haunted Files”
By Judy Tate &
THE LATE Michael Slade
Directed by Melissa Maxwell
Producer & Sound Designer: Simone Barros
Videographer, Audio Engineer & Editor: Zachary Betonte
In 1904, a young black infant named Hazel is left on a doorstep. She is taken in by a family from whom she later runs away. Thus begins an odyssey of arrests, institutionalization, and medical intervention — all in an effort to cure her of “immorality.” Characters are real people from the files of the Eugenics Records Office in Cold Spring Harbor.
Post-Show Conversation: “Good Genes” and America’s Quest for Racial Purity with Jack Tchen (he/him) and Leora Fuller (she/her) the original curators of The Haunted Files exhibition.
Sourced from records in the Eugenics Records Office exhibit which Noa Fuller and Jack Tchen co-curated under the title “The Haunted Files”;
Judy Tate, co-founder of The American Slavery Project.
*The Haunted Files returns (2021) in a special premiere with a live talkback as part of