ATKINSON —Author and now playwright Michael Cormier of Atkinson is excited that his first play will be presented onstage at the 560-seat Larcom Theatre in Beverly, MA. A native of Haverhill and a history lover, Cormier has penned a remarkable new play “Saltonstall’s Trial” with co-playwright Myriam Cyr, that tells story of the Salem Witch Trials that few have ever heard. Cormier has spent three years researching the Salem Witch Trials and visited locations in Massachusetts from Salem, to Danvers to Beverly, MA, speaking with historians and touring historic sites.
The new play tells the true, courageous story of Nathaniel Saltonstall who was appointed to the panel of judges trying dozens of witchcraft cases as fear and hysteria gripped the region. During his first trial, Saltonstall questions the legitimacy of the proceedings, then suddenly he is forced to choose between integrity and self-preservation. The truth will put his loved ones at risk, and himself on trial.
Leading the cast as Nathaniel Saltonstall, Benjamin Evett a winner of the Elliot Norton and multiple IRNE awards, is well-known for his work with the American Repertory Theatre, the Actor’s Shakespeare Project, and the New Repertory Theatre.
"It is a rare opportunity to see a new work that captures a critical moment in local history with a story that is as relevant today as it was three centuries earlier,” said Cormier.
The full-stage production of “Saltonstall Trials: The Salem witch trial’s untold story” will have only ten performances October 17, 18, 19, 25, 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. and October 19, 20, 26, and 27 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets start at $19.50. Tickets are available at www.punctuate4.org.