BY TALENE MONAHON
Directed by Caitlin Sullivan
The Connelly Theater
220 East 4th Street, New York NY 10009
STRICTLY LIMITED ENGAGEMENT
March 12 – 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.
Featuring Brittany K. Allen, Sharlene Cruz, Tavi Gevinson, and Susannah Perkins. Stage management by Esti Bernstein, assistant stage management by Kelly Merritt; Set design by Cate McCrea; lighting design by Isabella Byrd; costume design by Phuong Nguyen; sound design by Lee Kinney; properties design by Buffy Cardoza; fight and intimacy coordination by Sean Chin.
PLAYWRIGHT 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.
DIRECTOR CAITLIN SULLIVAN
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.
BRITTANY K. ALLEN is a Brooklyn-based writer and actor. Recent theatre credits include By The Way, Meet Vera Stark (Profile Theatre), Redwood (Portland Center Stage), Gloria: A Life (Off-Broadway/DR2), Usus (Clubbed Thumb Winterworks), True Right (Ars Nova’s ANTFest), and Minor Character (New Saloon; NY Innovative Theatre Award, Best Ensemble). As a performer, she’s workshopped new plays with Atlantic Theater, New Georges, Drama League, and NYSAF. Her own plays have been produced and developed at Portland Center Stage, Jungle Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Public, Manhattan Theatre Club, and Clubbed Thumb, among other places. BFA, NYU-Tisch.
SHARLENE CRUZ (Betty Parris) Theater credits: Martyna Majok’s Sanctuary City (New York Theater Workshop), Erica Schmidt’s Mac Beth (Red Bull Theater/Hunter Theater Project), C.A Johnson’s The Climb (The Cherry Lane Theater/under mentorship of Martyna Majok) Television credits: “Flatbush Misdemeanors”, “Chicago PD.”
TAVI GEVINSON (Mercy Lewis) is an actor and a writer. Broadway: This Is Our Youth, The Crucible, The Cherry Orchard. Off-Broadway: Days of Rage, MOSCOWx6, Assassins. Williamstown Theatre Festival: MOSCOWx6, The Member of the Wedding. Screen credits include Enough Said, Person to Person, Scream Queens, The Twilight Zone, Gossip Girl, and Shortcomings. Gevinson’s writing has appeared in New York Magazine, The New Yorker, POETRY, and The Believer.
SUSANNAH PERKINS (Abigail Williams) (they/them) Broadway: Network. Off Broadway: Judgment Day (Park Avenue Armory), The Low Road (The Public), The Wolves (Lincoln Center/The Playwrights Realm), and The Rape of the Sabine Women by Grace B. Matthias (The Playwrights Realm). Regional: Night of the Iguana (A.R.T.). TV / Film: “The Politician”, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, Lapsis (SXSW), Enclosure, Snakeeater. BFA, NYU/Tisch. Obie and Drama Desk awards.
CATE MCCREA (Scenic and Additional Design) is a scenographer specializing in collaborative development of new works. Off-Broadway: Corsicana (Playwrights Horizons, co-design with Lael Jellinek), The Collision/The Martyrdom (59E59), A Woman of the World (The Acting Company). Other work at Danspace Project, Ars Nova ANT Fest, New Ohio Theatre, the Tank; and with Little Opera Theatre of New York, Columbia University Ancient Drama, and the Drama League.
PHUONG NGUYEN (Costume Design) (loosely pronounced fu-ONG win) is a costume designer with backgrounds in East Asian studies and Vietnamese history. Their work dissects different aspects of her and other marginalized groups’ heritage and identities, and tells stories absent from the “victors'” history books. Selected theatre credits include Once Upon a Korean Time (Ma-Yi Theater Company); Queen (NAATCO & Long Wharf Theatre); Free Free Free Free (Exponential Festival); The Danube, Aesop’s Fables (Hangar Theatre); Salem: Post Mortem (The Muse Collective); Fun Home, You Will Get Sick (Yale School of Drama); Two Mile Hollow, Alma (Yale Cabaret). They hold an MFA in Costume Design from Yale School of Drama. Website: phuongtlnguyen.com.
ISABELLA BYRD (Lighting Design) is a lighting designer based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been presented in New York City, regionally across the U.S., and in the U.K. She frequently collaborates with Will Arbery, including on his plays Corsicana, Heroes of the Fourth Turning (Lortel, Obie, and Henry Hewes Awards), and Plano. After a decade of work in the industry, Isabella received an Obie Award for the design of Light Shining in Buckinghamshire at New York Theatre Workshop in 2018. Other credits include “Daddy”: A Melodrama (The New Group/Vineyard and The National Theatre, London); As You Like It (Shakespeare in the Park, Public Theatre); Sanctuary City (NYTW – Lortel Award), among others.
LEE KINNEY (Sound Design) Lee Kinney is a sound and music artist for theatre, film, events. Broadway: IS THIS A ROOM. Off-Broadway: YOU WILL GET SICK, EXCEPTION TO THE RULE (Roundabout); HELP (The Shed); PRAYER FOR THE FRENCH REPUBLIC, MORNING SUN (MTC); SELLING KABUL (Playwrights Horizons); “DADDY” (New Group/Vineyard); THOM PAIN (Signature); GNIT (Theatre for a New Audience). Other projects include work with Rolex, Almeida Theatre, Google, Virgin Voyages. Outer Critics Circle Honors for Outstanding Sound Design. Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, and Henry Hewes nominations. thanks to kris. @thisisleekinney
BUFFY CARDOZA (Props Design) This is her second production with this incredible company. She is in her 6th season as Props Master for the Penguin Rep Theatre. When not finding treasures for the stage, she is Production Manager for the Phoenix Theater Ensemble’s Performing Arts Festival in Nyack, NY, Creative Dramatics teacher at Stage Left Children’s Theatre and a Scenic Associate and Teaching Artist for The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Previously, she worked for 6 seasons as the Production Coordinator and Props Master for the Children’s Shakespeare Theatre.
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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.