The Trial of Anne Hutchinson: A Play in Two Acts

 
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This stage play takes place in Boston in the year 1638 and tells the story of Anne Hutchinson, a nearly forgotten colonial woman whose independence and spiritual insights were hundreds of years ahead of her time. Despite the historical distance, the themes of this drama are very contemporary: the abuse of a strong-willed, brilliant woman in a male- dominated society; the hypocrisy of power-hungry clergy; personal experience versus rigid dogma. The plot centers around the trial in which Anne Hutchinson is ultimately excommunicated and banished from the colony for her opinions. The essence of the dialogue in the trial scenes is taken from transcripts of the actual events. Our story opens after the tragedy has occurred and takes us back to the main incidents which created this terrible irony: the pilgrims who have recently escaped religious persecution become in turn the persecutors in this "New Eden." We learn that Anne came to the New World in the footsteps of her spiritual mentor the famous Reverend John Cotton whose radical ideas had forced him the leave the comforts of England. Cotton, however, reveals his cowardice despite his high moral principles when faced with the conflicts created by Anne's fearless and uncompromising opinions. She is left alone to face her accusers.

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