Afflicted - Daughters of Salem

Afflicted - Daughters of Salem $10.99

Laurie Brooks

Published by Dramatic Publishing

0 Male 6 Female

In 1691 Puritan New England, fear and superstition were rampant

Singing, dancing and amusement of any kind was forbidden

And the Devil was everywhere

Five girls coming of age in Salem Village - desperate for release of their thoughts and feelings - find an ally in Tituba, a black slave who longs for freedom

Deep in the woods the girls make a pact and build a sisterhood

Then alliances are formed, promises made and broken, and power taken

Afflicted - Daughters of Salem tells the story of these Salem girls - Abigail Williams, Ann Putnam, Mercy Lewis, Mary Warren and Betty Parris - and the events that led up to the infamous Salem witch trials

This original story examines how the teenage girls became accusers and caused 20 people to be put to death for witchcraft

An interactive forum that explores the accusers and their community is built into the play, encouraging reflection and is ideal for complimenting classroom work

This play is a must for deeper engagement alongside any study of the Salem witch trials

Supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the play explores not only the history and causes of the trials but also how girls raised in oppression have negotiated alliances and power throughout history just as they do today

Unit set - runs about 75 minutes


"Dramatically riveting This show really packs a punch" ~ The Kansas City Star

"Intriguing completely compelling as a snapshot of how social pressures and fear can cause unconscionable actions" ~

"A deep look into the psychology of the girls who so deeply affected the innocent inhabitants of Salem impressive The closing of the show is inspired" ~

"Provides a fictionalized look inside the peer politics and teen rebellions within the group of young girls and the psychology of leaders and followers" ~ Kansas City Performing Arts Examiner

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