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.
A NEW PLAY
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.
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.
"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."