Post Show Conversations
Join us after the show for casual conversations with national and regional experts in the subject matter of the show. Conversations begin approximately 10 minutes after the end of the show.
A Storm of Witchcraft
Friday, October 18 after the 7:30 performance
Emerson “Tad” Baker
Our guest for the evening: Emerson "Tad" Baker is interim dean of the School of Graduate Studies and a professor of History at Salem State University. He is an award-winning author of many works on the history and archaeology of early New England, including A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience and The Devil of Great Island: Witchcraft and Conflict in Early New England. He has served as an adviser for PBS-TV's American Experience and Colonial House, and has consulted and appeared in many documentaries and podcasts on the Salem Witch Trials. He is a member of the Gallows Hill Team who in 2016 confirmed the execution site for the victims of the Salem witch trials.
Our host for the evening: Dan Lipcan is the Head Librarian at the Phillips Library of the Peabody Essex Museum. He joined the Peabody Essex Museum at the end of May, arriving after a 16-year tenure at The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Thomas J. Watson Library. Dan originally hails from Cape Cod. He and his wife Elaine live in Beverly and bowl in a candlepin league on Thursday nights.
The First Curse To Be Cast
Saturday, October 19 after the 2:30 performance
Our guest for the afternoon: Richard Trask is a historian and a leading authority on the Salem witch-hunt of 1692. He serves as Town Archivist for Danvers (formerly Salem Village), Massachusetts, where he is custodian of all early town records, the Brehaut Witchcraft Collection, and tens of thousands of manuscripts. He is also curator of the Rebecca Nurse Homestead and he chaired the Salem Village Witchcraft Tercentennial Committee from 1990 to 1992. Trask has written numerous books and articles on Salem and two of his ancestors were hanged as witches.
Our host for the afternoon: John Archer is President of Archer Insurance, known throughout New England for performing in musical theatre, cabaret, and operas. Besides his busy performance life as a pianist, singer and actor, John is well known for his philanthropy and advocacy for historic preservation and nonprofits throughout the North Shore area, including Catholic Charities, VNA, River House, Hospice of North Shore BevArt, Danvers Art Association, Monserrat College of Art, LifeBridge NorthShore, and many others.
The Web of Lies: Salem Networks
Saturday, October 19 after the 7:30 performance
Our guest for the evening: Dan Howlett is a PhD student at George Mason University studying early American history and a Digital History Fellow at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. He previously earned his MA in History from Mason. As an undergraduate at The George Washington University, he created a social network analysis of the Salem Witch Trials, partially presented at Salem Networks as the department’s first digital history thesis project. In his graduate work, he focuses on race, gender, and disability history. He recently presented a poster of his research on disability during the Salem Witch Trials in January 2019 at the American Historical Association national meeting. Dan has also presented research at the Virginia Consortium of Early Americanists, Temple University’s Barnes Club Conference, and Louisiana State’s History Graduate Student Association.
Our host for the evening: Charlie Newhall is a history teacher at St. John's Prep in Danvers where he has taught AP American history for close to 20 years. A fellow of the American Antiquarian Society and past president of the New England History Teachers' Association, Newhall is also involved professionally at the Massachusetts Historical Society, Colonial Society of Massachusetts, and Society of Colonial Wars. His areas of interest are Early America, the Revolution, and the New Republic and he researches and writes in the field of cultural history. Newhall is interested in rethinking traditional narratives to uncover fresh perspectives such as those of natives, women, and those on the edge of society.
Six Women Of Salem
Sunday, October 20 after the 2:30 performance
Have you ever looked back into your family tree to see who your ancestors were? Did you find out if your ancestor was accused as a witch? Was he a judge during the Salem Witch Trials? Are you descended from the Governor, or members of the Governor’s Council at the time? Was your ancestor executed during this time? Did you know that descendants from the New England Witch Trials have a deep bloodline of 135 years and over one million people.
Marilynne K. Roach
Our guest for the afternoon: Marilynne K. Roach is a scholar and an author who works as a free-lance writer, illustrator, researcher, and presenter of talks on historical subjects. She has written for publications as varied as the Boston Globe, the New England Historic Genealogical Register, and the Lizzie Borden Quarterly. She is a member of the Gallows Hill Project that verified the correct site of the 1692 hangings, a discovery listed in Archaeology Magazine’s list of the world’s ten most important discoveries of 2017.
Our host for the afternoon: Rachel Christ is the Director of Education at the Salem Witch Museum. She holds a BA in Global History from Clark University and is currently working on her MA in History and Museum Studies at Tufts University. She has been Director of Education at the Salem Witch Museum since 2017, and within this role she works with students and teachers, curates the museum’s exhibits, directs staff training, and coordinates the museum’s educational programming.
Legacy of The Salem Witch Trials
Thursday, October 24 after the 7:30 performance
One of our guests for the evening: Myriam Cyr’s career spans 35 years. Poet Laureate, critically acclaimed writer, award winning actress Myriam Cyr founded Punctuate4 Productions. Cyr is currently developing several new works for Punctuate4. A member of Steven Berkoff’s company at the Royal National Theatre under Richard Eyre, she played Salome opposite Al Pacino. She is currently producing Hedda Gabler for Universal studios in a screenplay adaptation by Oscar and Tony award winner Christopher Hampton. She is co-writing, with Martha Bolton, The Confession based on the New York Times bestselling novel by Beverly Lewis for Blue Gates Musical in Nashville Tennessee. Her book, Letters of A Portuguese Nun, was selected by The Guardian as Book of the Month
One of our guests for the evening: Michael Cormier first visited Salem when he was twelve, and he’s been fascinated with its history and culture ever since. A native of Haverhill, and graduate of Haverhill High School, Michael earned his Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude from Northeastern University, majoring in Political Science and minoring in History. He went on to earn a Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers University. A copywriter and ghostwriter by trade, he published his first novel in 2010. He co-wrote a memoir, Why, Brother, Why? in 2016, his first non-fiction book. Two more novels and a nonfiction work are in final revisions for publication in late 2018. Saltonstall’s Trial, the Salem witch trial’s untold story is his first play.
Our host for the evening: There are only a few women in Boston whose voices are as recognizable as Candy O's. The 2015 Massachusetts Broadcaster of the Year spent 25 years on Magic 106.7 where she connected with listeners in an authentic, memorable way. Her full- length CD Dream Come True includes songs heard around the world. Candy is the creator of the weekly podcast series The Story Behind Her Success, the legendary Exceptional Women radio show, 16 Life Lessons, and the new podcast series Sheroes & Heroes. The President & Co-Founder of Boston Women in Media & Entertainment, Candy is the recipient of 45 local and national awards for excellence in women’s programming.
The Last Accusation:
Wenham Museum Night
Friday, October 25 after the 7:30 performance
Our guest for the evening: Jane Bowers is the Exhibitions Curator and Manager at the Wenham Museum. She grew up on Massachusetts' South Shore. Bowers studied modern and contemporary art history in graduate school at UMass Amherst. Beginning with her first job out of grad school her career trajectory took her towards history museums. This includes colonial American life and history. The 17th century Clalfin-Gerrish-Richards house at the Wenham Museum, which she now has the responsibility of interpreting, has been an especially interesting project. Its stories are not particularly well known – although Bowers is working to change that - but they are far more important than she realized when she first took on the task of learning and educating others about them.
Our host for the evening: Nat Pulsifer, a financial advisor at Pulsifer & Associates, has always been a great supporter of the arts and served on numerous boards, charities, organizations, and town committees. He and his wife, Holly, live in Ipswich. Nat served as Chairman of the town’s 375th Anniversary celebration in 2009. As an avid singer, our first opportunity to work together on stage was when he graced our artistic team’s production of Mary Poppins with Stage284 in 2015 as the Bank Chairman.
A Conversation with
Benjamin Evett (AEA)
Saturday, October 26 after the 7:30 performance