On July 19th, 1692 Rebecca Nurse, Susannah Martin, Elizabeth Howe, Sarah Good and Sarah Wildes were all hanged for witchcraft, a capital crime in the English colonies. In honor of their lives and the deep loss to their families, on July 19th, 2015,Cry Innocent: the People vs. Bridget Bishop will offer free admission to people who have the last name Nurse, Martin, Howe, Good or Wildes.
Bridget Bishop was the first person to be hanged in the Salem Witchcraft Hysteria. At Cry Innocent, the audience has the chance to hear the historic testimonies against Bridget Bishop, many of them similar in nature to the “evidence” that convicted Goodwives Nurse, Martin, How, Good and Wildes. However, the audience plays the role of the jury–cross examining witnesses and challenging the court. The audience votes in the outcome, having a play at changing history. Join us at the Old Town Hall for a special afternoon of re-examining history and honoring the families of the victims.