SALTONSTALL:  

One Man's Stand Against the Salem Witch Trials

November 1 - 4, 2018

Written by playwright and attorney Michael Cormier and director/author Myriam Cyr, the work portrays Nathaniel Saltonstall, a distinguished Haverhill judge who was invited to sit on the Court of Oyer and Terminer where he stood against the formidable Judge Stoughton.  Saltonstall was the only judge to recuse himself from the Salem Witch Trials.  Based on a yet untold story, the play was performed in Haverhill, Massachusetts, his hometown.

Audiences applauded the fact-based story of the personal struggle, and ethical challenges of a man bent on saving not only his family but the whole colony from “a wave so big, it will drown us all.” 

There was tremendous interest in the production across the Greater Boston area with extensive media coverage including The Boston Globe and WBZ-AM.

 Douglas Brendel as Nathaniel Saltonstall and Les Tarmy as Reverend John Ward. At the  John Ward  home in Haverhill, MA

Douglas Brendel as Nathaniel Saltonstall and Les Tarmy as Reverend John Ward. At the John Ward home in Haverhill, MA

 A NEW PLAY

Story by Michael Cormier
Written by Michael Cormier and Myriam Cyr
Directed by Myriam Cyr

PERFORMED AT THE CHESTER HAWRYLCIW THEATER
Spurk Building, NECC, 100 Elliott Street, Haverhill, MA

Thursday, November 1 @ 7:30 p.m. Talkback with the Authors, Director, Cast following the show. Hosted by Paul V. Edwards
Friday, November 2 @ 7:30 p.m. Talkback with Dan Howlett, historian & expert on the Salem Witch Trials
Saturday, November 3 @ 3:00 & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 4 @ 3:00 p.m.


SALTONSTALL CAST

 We held multiple auditions regionally and could not be more delighted with the talent that wanted to be part of this new work, said Director Myriam Cyr. The performers that joined the cast are exceptional and represent the some of the best talent working in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The multi-generational cast has embraced the play and are proud to bring it to the stage for the first time.


 SALTONSTALL: Judge Hathorne (Boby Kerrigan) & Bridget Bishop (Carol Goans) at Rev.  John Ward  House

SALTONSTALL: Judge Hathorne (Boby Kerrigan) & Bridget Bishop (Carol Goans) at Rev. John Ward House

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 "This program is supported in part by a grant from the Haverhill Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency."

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