An Immersive, historically-themed theater company from Salem, Massachusetts
 

Cry Innocent

In it's 27th year, with no show ever the same, this is one of Salem's premier historical attractions.

 
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If you want to understand the Salem Witch Trials, you have to experience Cry Innocent.

The year is 1692. Bridget Bishop has been accused of witchcraft and YOU are on the Puritan jury. Hear the historical testimonies, cross-examine the witnesses and decide the verdict. Is Bridget Bishop capable of witchcraft? Play your part in history…

The 2019 season of Cry Innocent will run seven days per week June 16-August 25th and October 1-November 3. September shows are on Saturdays and Sundays only. All are at the Old Town Hall, 32 Derby Square, Salem, MA. June-September tickets will be available to the public online in May. October/November tickets will be available online in August.

 Goodnight, Captain White!

It’s 1830. Fabulously wealthy Joseph White is found dead in his bed at his own party. You are party guests turned Committee-of-Vigilence for this historical, hysterical who-dunnit.

6/8, 6/22, 7/13, 7/27, 8/10 and 8/24, 2019 at the gorgeous Heard Mansion on the Ipswich Museum property. Tickets go on sale May 1st.

 
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Jeremiah Lee Mansion Cast, Goodnight, Captain White. Spring 2016.

Jeremiah Lee Mansion Cast, Goodnight, Captain White. Spring 2016.

It’s 1830

82-year old Captain Joseph White lays murdered in his own bed. All night at his lavish party, guests have been machinating a murder of the crusty old miser, overheard by you, the Committee of Vigilance. Senator Daniel Webster has been ridiculously undercover and will guide the audience to the gleeful end of the evening.

Written by Mark Stevick. Directed by M. Lynda Robinson.

This is Not a Bill

Salem’s Underground Railroad re-travelled

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The year is 1854.

Patty and Phillip have escaped as far north as Salem from their life in slavery. The Fugitive Slave act punishes anyone who assists runaways. With the help of famous Abolitionists Sarah Parker Remond and Charlotte Forten, you are on the Committee of Vigilance, a secret group whose job it is to assist self-emancipated slaves determine whether it is to hide in Salem or to try to escape to “Paradise”.

This is Not a Bill is supported by The Salem Cultural Council, The Hamilton Cultural Council, and the Lynne Cultural Council, local agencies of the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

 

Quest for the Rich East

Race your friends around the world to trade at the highest profit.

 
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Quest for the Rich East

It’s 1790. Teams of up to ten people are organized into “merchant ships” which race each other around the world (downtown Salem) to trade New England goods for the riches of the Far East. Ships must return in time to bring the exotic items to market. Avoid sandbars, pirates, sickness, starvation and dehydration. Keep your crew out of trouble and treat your trading partners well, or you’ll jeopardizing future trade. Who will return with the most treasure and make the highest profit? Will any surprises along the way reverse their fortune?

The journey advances by a mixture of puzzle solving, sharp eyes, avoiding traitors, and gleaning clues from costumed characters strategically placed throughout Salem’s walkable downtown. 

 

The Spirit of Salem

How history has informed what Salem is today

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Salem is known world over for the tragedy of 1692. But Salem is rich with other stories, innovations, adventures.

The Spirit of Salem gets at the heart of what makes Salem the artistic and entrepreneurial place it is. If you look around the city today and see a cultural and community life you admire, the film will introduce you to the characters who helped instill those values into the city, spirits who still walk our streets, if you have the eyes to see them!

A collaboration with CinemaSalem.

Travail

Journeys with an American Midwife

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Custom-written for The Spice Festival at Pioneer Village, women's history month events, fundraisers for clinics and medical classrooms. 

Travail takes the audience on a tour of medical practice in New England over the last 300 years, specifically the history of women's heath, obstetrical care and birth customs. It follows the struggle of a traditional midwife, whom we first meet in the 18th century, as she endeavors to practice her vocation in the increasingly flooded field of male, professionalized, European-trained doctors. The play takes us through the peaks and valleys of a midwive's status, through the 19th and 20th centuries, into a contemporary birthing center.

Homestead

Visit a family traumatized by witchcraft. Who is responsible?

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Custom-written for The Witch House in Salem

Step into an authentic 17th century home as its troubled inhabitants come to grips with witchcraft in their midst.

Two decades prior to the infamous Salem Witch Trials, a well-respected, God-fearing household is falling apart. The audience, like the proverbial "fly on the wall", eavesdrops on the conflicts of men, women and children in the battle for the soul of New England. A young girl is tortured by an invisible malady. What--or Who--is to blame? Has the devil been raised on New England's frontier?

Custom-written for Salem’s “Witch House”—the only 17th century mansion with direct ties to the infamous witch trials of 1692.

Past Projects:

History Alive, Inc. selectively collaborates with other organizations with like-minded missions.
Some examples of past projects include:

 
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The Scarlet Letter

A peregrinating re-telling of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s famous classic tale of love, shame, alienation and forgiveness.

Outdoors and inside the historic buildings of the three acre Pioneer Village. This piece was in collaboration with the House of the Seven Gables.

 
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Artists and Abolitionists: Salem’s Daughters Abroad

An Interactive Travelogue with Salem’s 19th century culture makers. 

Our contribution to Salem Women’s History Day.

 
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The True 1692

An intimate 3-D film, which immerses the audience in the dangerous realities of life in Salem Village at the end of the 17th Century and dramatically reveals the odd coincidence of forces, external and internal, which set in motion the tragedy of the witch trials.

The True 1692 was conceptualized by and co-produced with CinemaSalem.

 
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Fezziwig’s Ball

At Salem’s Old Town Hall, 32 Derby Square, Salem, MA. An unforgettable evening of dance and Christmas merriment from the Era of Dickens.

A collaboration with the Commonwealth Vintage Dancers.

 
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Spiritways: A Night in Besieged Salem Village

An unnerving nighttime immersion into the world of the infamous “afflicted girls” at America’s first living history museum, Pioneer Village.

Spritways travelled around the three acre Puritan village by candle and bonfire light using 17th c. poetry, narrative, chanting, found text and folklore to create a psychological experience something like the midnight terrors of a 17th century adolescent conscienc

 
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Arbella 375th

Onboard the Kalmar Nyckel. A sunset sail around Salem Harbor accompanied by madrigals and the writings of Anne Bradstreet, John Winthrop and Thomas Dudley.

A collaboration with Salem Preservation, Inc.

 
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Witch | Hunter

It’s 1692—In the woods and dark interiors of Pioneer Village

Would you join the witch-hunt to protect yourself? “Witch | Hunters” gathered clues from the poetry and ritual of an herbalist, a minister, an afflicted girl with spectral sight and a witch-finder general. In order to exit the damnation of the village, the hunters had to gather each of the four elements—earth, air, fire and water. If able to restore the balance which had been upset by the devil’s intrusion into Salem they might be allowed an escape.

 
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Wilber’s War

A father’s odyssey. A mother’s secret. A son’s story. Wilber’s War chronicles the story of two ordinary Americans, Wilber and Norma Bradt, in an extraordinary time, World War II. It offers fresh insight—-deeply personal—-into the historic conflict as it was fought by the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theatre and by a family on the home front. It is an epic tale of patriotic and familial duty, heroism, love, infidelity, and the tragedy of suicide.

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