||Herstory Theater’s first
program, which had its debut in October, 2011, was
“Panic in Connecticut; Accused Witches Have Their Say”,
a one woman show about the little known witchcraft
panics in 17th century Connecticut.
The show brings to life the stories of five women
accused of being witches in Connecticut from 1652- 1692.
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"Panic in New England" - Coming
"Mary Rowlandson, Indian Captive"
Another one woman show, bringing to
life Mary Rowlandson, who was abducted by Narragansett
Indians during the King Philip War, spent three months
as their servant, and wrote the first captivity
narrative which became a best seller in 1682
“Katy Leary and Mark Twain”
Katy Leary, born into an
Irish-American family in Elmira, New York,
served as the Clemens' maid from 1880 until
Samuel Clemens' death in 1910. Leary dictated a
memoir, "A Lifetime with Mark Twain," published
in 1925. I have enjoyed researching and
developing the irrepressible and expressive
Leary, and welcome you to join her as she takes
a walk down memory lane. Clemens called Leary
a "potent influence all over the premises" and
"a pole star for steadiness" with "a good store
of that veiled & shimmering & half-surreptitious
humor which is the best feature of the
"˜American' brand "“ or any other brand, for
Beyond these traveling
historical performances, Herstory Theater seeks to produce plays and
staged readings about known and little known women in US History, or
that tell a story from a woman’s perspective.
"In a Preternatural Way: The
Witchcraft Trial of Mary Barnes" The play that
inspired "Panic in Connecticut" In 1663, Mary
Barnes of Farmington was arrested on a charge of
witchcraft. Within a few weeks, she had been found
guilty. Told against the background of 17th-century
Puritan Connecticut, this play will offers a glimpse of
one woman’s life and the time and culture in which she
lived. Increase Mather, Samuel Hooker, Samuel Wyllys,
and Mary Barnes herself come to life, taken from
original records of the Connecticut courts.
Performed by the Stanley-Whitman House “The Roundabout
"The Waltz" a play based on the
life and artistic times of Camille Claudel.
This original work, is conceived, written and directed
by local playwright Carolyn Kirsch. The five person
reading, underscored by the music of Claude Debussy,
will be held in the museum's Drawing Room. "The Waltz"
explores Camille's tempestuous relationship with Auguste
Rodin, her ongoing struggles to be recognized in
Twentieth Century Parisian art circles, and the question
of her demise into madness. A gifted sculptress, she
left a magnificent artistic legacy.
Ms. Kirsch's background includes
performing in 15 Broadway shows. She was a member of
the Original Company of "A Chorus Line", and appeared in
"CoCo" with Katharine Hepburn, and "Dear World" with
Angela Lansbury. This production is being presented in
conjunction with Herstory Theater.
||“Pierce”, a play by Connecticut
playwright Jacques Lamarre. Franklin Pierce, the 14th
President of the United States, is one of the least
studied chief executives in American history. His wife,
First Lady Jane Pierce, is one of the most tragic
figures to ever take up residence in the White House.
After unspeakable misfortunes shower down on frail Jane
Pierce of Amherst, New Hampshire, she is thrust on the
public stage in front of a nation about to be torn into
Civil War. Can she overcome her grief to assume her
duties as First Lady?
“The Guys” by Ann Nelson, a two
person drama that encompasses the nightmare of the
terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York
City on September 11, 2011. A
journalist helps a fire captain write the eulogies of
the men he lost on that terrible day, and in doing so,
they both find redemption and some sort of peace.
As a production company,
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