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The Last Night – Video Premier and Talkback

January 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Free
Stanley-Whitman House, 37 High Street
Farmington, 06032


Stanley-Whitman House offers, The Last Night, a play about Connecticut’s witch panic and trials in the 17th-century Connecticut Colony.

FARMINGTON, Conn. – The Mary Barnes Society at Stanley-Whitman House, a ca. 1720 National Historic Landmark located in the historic village of Farmington, is pleased to announce a newly commissioned play, The Last Night, offered on Saturday, January 21st, to mark the 360th anniversary of the end of those persecuted, accused, and hanged of witchcraft in the Connecticut Colony.

The Last Night, written by actors Debra Walsh and Virginia Wolf, tells the compelling story of the witch panics and trials of 17th-century Connecticut Colony through the portrayal of the accused Mary Barnes and Rebecca Greensmith and is based on both historical research and informed conjecture, revealing a dramatization about their last night together before being hanged.

Scant information was available, but Walsh and Wolf have been fully immersed in this particular subject as actors for some time. Walsh recently authored and staged a reading of a play about the accused Rebecca Greensmith last summer, The Hanging of Rebecca, for The Noah Webster House and West Hartford Historical Society. Wolf was originally inspired by her initial theatrical portrayal of Mary Barnes at Stanley-Whitman House. Later, through her theater company, aptly called Herstory Theater, she produced and presented, Panic in Connecticut: Accused Witches Have Their Say, bringing to life five women, including Barnes, accused of witchcraft in Connecticut thirty years before the infamous Salem trials.

Immediately after the screening of The Last Night, a theater talkback panel will follow with the actors and director. FMI: www.s-wh.org/marybarnesday.

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The Mary Barnes Society at Stanley-Whitman House is dedicated to supporting the study of the Connecticut Witch Trials, with the goal of a deeper understanding of the people and cultures of this seminal time in history. Named for Mary Barnes, a Farmington woman who was executed for witchcraft on January 25, 1663, the Society endeavors to mark the anniversary of her hanging with scholarly and humanities based projects and works. FMI: averzosa@stanleywhitman.org

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Stanley-Whitman House, a National Historic Landmark, is a living history center and Museum that teaches through the collection, preservation, research, and dynamic interpretation of the history and culture of 17th- to 19th-Century Farmington, CT. Hours of operation are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and by appointment with the last tour leaving at 3:00 pm. FMI: www. s-wh.org.

Details

Date:
January 25
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost:
Free
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Website:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/505357256157

Organizer

Stanley-Whitman House
Phone:
(860) 677-9222
Email:
averzosa@stanleywhitman.org
Website:
https://www.s-wh.org

Venue

Stanley-Whitman House
37 High Street
Farmington, 06032
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Phone:
(860) 677-9222
Website:
www.s-wh.org

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