THE GOOD JOHN PROCTOR

By TAlene Monahon

Directed by Caitlin Sullivan

 

The Connelly Theater

220 East 4th Street, New York NY 10009

 

STRICTLY LIMITED ENGAGEMENT

March 11 – April 1

THE GOOD JOHN PROCTOR is a new look at the lead-up to the Salem Witch Trials, imagining the inner lives of the real girls at the center of the trials as they hurtle toward the events dramatized in Arthur Miller’s THE CRUCIBLE. Abigail Warren, age eleven, and Betty Parris, age nine and a half, are best friends. There’s also Mercy Lewis, the child alcoholic, and Mary Warren, who shakes for no reason. The girls churn butter, play with poppets, and listen to The Woods at night. But their world is turned upside-down when Abigail starts to work for a farmer named John Proctor. Playwright Talene Monahon brings these familiar names to new life as the young women of Salem navigate the nature of Satan and the bloody trials of adolescence.

Talene Monahon: Plays: Jane Anger (New Ohio; 2022 Off-Broadway Alliance Best New Play Nominee; Shakespeare Theater of DC), How to Load a Musket (Less than Rent; TheaterMania’s “The 10 Best Theater Productions of 2020”), Frankie & Will (MCC), and All in Good Fun (Peterborough Players). Talene’s work has been developed by NYSAF, Bedlam Theater, Red Bull Theater, Cape Cod Theater Project, and Northern Stage. Her writing has been published by Stage Rights, The Cincinnati Review, and McSweeneys and she teaches playwriting at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. As an actor, Talene’s credits include productions at Roundabout Theater Company, Clubbed Thumb, Playwrights Horizons, the Atlantic, MCC, New Georges, Encores!, Red Bull, La Jolla Playhouse, and Partial Comfort, as well as selected film and television. B.A. Senior Fellow, Dartmouth College.

Caitlin Sullivan is a director and theater maker based in New York City. Recent work includes Ohio (The Bengsons/Actors Theatre of Louisville), Sanctuary City (Martyna Majok/NYTW), Ole White Sugah Daddy (Obehi Janice/WP Theater), Panopticon (Gracie Gardner/Clubbed Thumb) and Cherie Dre (Sacha Yanow/Danspace). She is currently developing Nova with Obehi Janice and United State vs Gupta with Deepali Gupta, both set to premiere in 2023. Caitlin was previously the Artistic Director of Seattle’s critically acclaimed Satori Group. Born and raised in Boston, MA, she is a graduate of Williams College, an alum of the Drama League Directors Project and Clubbed Thumb Directing Fellowship, and a New Georges Affiliate Artist.

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The Good John Proctor includes references to sexual content and historical violence against women, similar in intensity and themes to Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.