Thursday, September 27, 2007

the witching hour

salem is 'famous' for it's witch trials and executions. connecticut had the FIRST witch execution by the way

if you're in the hartford area, why not stop and see this performance. it runs through saturday

When Fear Reigns
A Performance Focuses On The Lessons Of Hartford's Witch Hunts

By MATT EAGAN Courant Staff Writer
Addie Avery was 12 when history came alive for her.The dusty recitation of facts and figures gave way to a vivid story about people trapped in a nightmare.One of those people was her nine-times great grandmother, Mary Sanford, who was executed as a witch in Hartford in 1662. As Salem, Mass., prepares for a month in which it will make money off its legacy of hanging 19 young women by their necks until they were dead, Avery and the Judy Dworin Performance Project are attempting to bring Hartford's history to life for the rest of us.Dworin has created "The Witching Hour," a production that combines theater, puppetry, dance and stubborn, sober history.The show, which starts today and runs through Saturday at the Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford, is part of a monthlong collaboration with the Connecticut Antiquarian & Landmarks Society (soon to be Connecticut Landmarks) and Eastern Connecticut State University that seeks to explore the trials and their legacy in greater depth..............

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