Between 1642 and 1693,
at least 40 people in the colony of Connecticut were tried as
witches, and at least 10 of them were hanged. Most of them were
Who were these women?
How did they come to be accused of witchcraft? What was life
like for them? Did they truly practice witchcraft? Who were
their accusers, and why. How and why did the accusing of witches
finally end…or has it?
Many records are lost
or non-existent, but we can learn enough to begin to understand
what life was like back then, and why witchcraft was such an all
Travel back to the 17th
century and hear what 5 women accused of witchcraft have to
say. Actress Virginia Wolf brings them to life, fully costumed,
fully incensed, fully frightened.
researched, “Panic in Connecticut; Accused Witches Have Their
Say” is a one woman show that sheds light on the puritan society
that condemned so-called witches to their death thirty years
before the hysterics of Salem, MA.
time: 45-60 minutes *Adaptable for both adults and students *
No special equipment required
performs the part of Mercy Disborough, a woman accused of
witchcraft in Fairfield in the 17th century, in the production
of "Panic in Connecticut: Accused Witches Have Their Say" during
her visit to the Danbury Museum and Historical Society on
Saturday, March 24, 2012. Photos 2 & 3: Jason Rearick / The