Leading up to their production of Arthur Miller's The Crucible (November 2 - 5, at Town Hall Theater), the Middlebury Community Players are raising money for WomenSafe, Inc., and raising awareness about violence against women, not only now in our own communities, but throughout history.
The Salem witch hysteria of 1692 (which is the subject of The Crucible) ranks as one of the greatest mysteries--and tragedies--of early American history. Nineteen people were hanged for being "witches" and others died refusing to confess, or while waiting in prison.
What is often forgotten, however, is that this brief, violent outbreak of small-town vengeance--neighbor against neighbor--has a long and ugly precedent in European history.
Over the three centuries preceding the Salem Witch Trials, approximately 50,000 women were executed in Europe for being "witches."
Our modest goal is to collect one penny for every woman who was accused of practicing "witchcraft" and lost her life for it.
Our greater ambition is to ask hard questions:
- What was this word "witch" that tens of thousands of women died for?
- What do we mean by this word now?
- What did women living in fear of violence in the 17th century share in common with women living in fear of violence today? In America? In other parts of the world?
- What still needs to be done to make every corner of our community, our country, and our planet free of gender-related sexual, domestic, and other violence?
- And what do we mean when we say "Women's rights are human rights"?
For those who are able, we encourage you to drop by Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant Street, Middlebury, Vermont, and drop a penny or two in our "pot."
OR click on the DONATE button above to make a safe donation via PayPal.
All proceeds go to WomenSafe.
WomenSafe, Inc., serves people across the gender spectrum who experience sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking--by offering crisis intervention, advocacy and systems advocacy services, support groups, and community education.
Middlebury Community Players are an enthusiastic group of actors, directors, technicians, and production personnel from Addison County and beyond, whose purpose is to further the interest of theater in Addison County, Vermont.