Beverly, a town near Salem, spring 1692. A STRONG GUST of WIND then lights up to see a young girl, ELIZABETH, pacing back and forth behind a meeting hall. Her apron has been intentionally placed on the ground to hide something. The sun hangs late in the day. ELIZABETH seems very aware and disturbed by this.
I bid them come? Did they not swear
to gather behind the meeting hall. Soon
Goody Williams will want her supper and
when the fat pig squeals you must fill
her gut. Pray, fill it until she burst!
I will surely be whipped if I am not
back soon for the pig is truly a beast.
Another young girl, ANNIE, enters dressed in similar attire. She carries a wooden bucket and wears her apron.
I prayed you’d still be here!
You are good at prayers for I am
still here AND waiting! Where have
I could not so easily steal away.
Look you, I had to pretend to fetch
water to escape the claws of Goody
Henry. And with the whole town talkin’
witchcraft in yonder Salem...
What happened in Salem will be
silenced after what happens here.
Especially after we drink blood
and conjure spirits.
I will do no such thing.
Do you strike out against me?
Conjuring spirits will surely
get us hung. It is a sin! You
remember how Reverend Hale was
bent on hanging Goody Walker but
she died of fever first.
He will have more than one witch
to catch if you and Catherine drink
ANNIE turns away.
Annie, you swore to do this deed.
We each swore on our mother’s grave.
It was all talk! All talk, I say.
We are no conjurers of spirits. And
neither are those girls in Salem.
You take their story for sport?
Most certainly! And I do not understand
why our town has fallen under the spell
of a silly story.
Girls can not fly. And you are mad to
You say I am mad, Annie Smith? Well,
let it be so.
I killed a chicken. I slit it’s
throat then drained the blood into
Pray, why do such a thing?
To conjure spirits the same way Abby
and the other girls did in Salem. They
drank blood, they danced... They conjured
up the devil and t’was he who gave them
wings to fly and a voice to cast out those
who walk with the devil.
Shut it, Elizabeth. You talk nonsense!
ELIZABETH grabs ANNIE by her arm and holds her tightly.
Now look you! We shall drink blood,
conjure spirits, and fly.
Let go of me. Goody Henry will
think I have gone off to Salem
and back to fetch water. And I
must tend to her supper or else
she bid Mr. Henry to...
ELIZABETH releases ANNIE’s arm.
Aye...they all want their supper!
And we are the stray dogs who must
fetch it for we have no parents of
our own. We fetch when they command
and beg for their kindness so they
don’t beat us... Well, I tell you
I will fetch and beg no more for my
Goody Williams. Hear me, when Catherine
comes with the poppets we will carry
out the plan.
Your plan, Elizabeth? Catherine and I
only agreed so you would shut it.
Ye are afraid. Admit it!
I am not! But people in Beverly
are. Witchcraft is but a breeze
away. The village is out, don’t
I only see a frightened girl.
But after you drink blood and
conjure spirits, you need not
Listen to yourself! Did you not hear
what happened in yonder Salem? People
died. They were hung because Abby and
and her jolly band cried out witch!
ELIZABETH quickly covers ANNIE’s mouth.
Hush, someone will hear you!
ANNIE removes ELIZABETH’s hand
So who’s afraid now? They will
hang you, us, if we proceed with
this course of action.
I SHALL NOT FAIL!
ELIZABETH quickly moves aside the apron on the ground to reveal a bloody knife and a cup. She picks up the knife and cup.
I slit a chicken’s throat. I
could easily slit another
Look at you! You need not drink
blood. You are already one with
Maybe so. But you shall drink. You
and Catherine shall both drink.
If I am not back with this water
Goody Henry will send Mr. Thomas
Henry out with a thick strap. And
when he finds me he will whip me for
he gets great pleasure in doing so.
Because Goody Henry gives him none.
You are wicked one, Elizabeth.
I stand not with you! Now get
out of my way!
Drink this blood and Thomas Henry
will never beat you again. You will
be free. Free and powerful. Just
I hear tell Abby played God. She
and the others decided who got
to live and who got sent to the
They have folks to do the hanging. We
just have to cry out which ones get
the noose. Our hands will be clean.
But not our minds, our souls. We
will rot in hell. Now I must go!
ELIZABETH thrust the bloody knife towards ANNIE’s neck then pushes the cup up to her lips.
You must drink!
I SHALL NOT!
CATHERINE, another young girl, sallies in holding three poppets.
I pray, what is the matter here!
She’s...she’s gone mad I tell
you. She has killed a chicken
and put it’s blood in a cup that
she now presses to my lips.
Does she speak the truth? Does
the cup overflow with chicken’s
blood? Or might it be some mixture
of tomatoes and beets.
You do not believe me?
ELIZABETH lowers the knife and the cup. ANNIE seizes the moment to escape into CATHERINE’s arms.
You’ve frightened her. You are
such a silly child, Elizabeth.
I tried to tell her I wanted no
part of this.
And you, Catherine? Where do you
Behind a smelly barn now used as
a meeting hall. And frankly, I do
not intend to be here much longer.
I came only to deliver your poppets
and fetch Annie. Pray, Goody Henry
is all a howl for you.
You see! YOU SEE! Now I am done
I did buy you some time. I offered to
find you before Sir Thomas Henry’s
belt found your backside.
Come along, Annie.
CATHERINE hands the poppets to ELIZABETH and curtsies.
I should kill the both of you!
Oh posh! You won’t kill us because
you need us.
That’s what you think.
D’y’ hear that in Salem Abby’s strength
t’were in numbers. Abbey, Betty, Ruth,
Mary... Why you can’t conjure and fly
alone. One person dancing in the forest
moves no trees. But hundreds shake the
earth. The trees have no choice. They
must bend and sway when hundreds dance.
Reverend Hale, this very morning on
the church steps, said that by herself
Abby is just a scared, little lamb.
But now the lamb is a wolf.
You are truly wise, Catherine.
Sensible. Mother and father always
said I had good sense. Though they
are with God now, I have maintained
that quality they hath placed upon
I am neither sensible nor wise.
You let your emotions lead you.
And that can be very dangerous.
Aye...you are right. So dangerous.
In a flash, ELIZABETH drops her knife, grabs CATHERINE by the hair and quickly pours the chicken’s blood into her mouth. CATHERINE falls to her knees gagging while trying to spit out the blood.
ANNIE, alarmed, rushes to CATHERINE’s side.
I pray it be tomatoes or beets!
God, oh GOD! It is blood. You have
given me devil’s milk. Am I to die?
You will live, unfortunately.
But surely she will grow ill! I
must fetch the doctor.
Let Catherine give us a word first.
DAMN YOU! YOU ARE A SERPENT IN
Elated, ELIZABETH kneels down next to CATHERINE.
The devil takes you! Do you not
Let him in! LET HIM IN! LET HIM...
OH, GOD! OH, GOD! I FEEL HIM!
GOOD, I WILL FEEL HIM TOO!
ELIZABETH drinks from the cup. The WIND begins to blow.
Annie do not strike out against
the devil. Drink with us!
I... I can not.
I dare not face the devil without
all of you. He is too powerful!
Aye... we must face him together
like we swore to! Drink his blood
Annie, or Catherine and I will be
blinded by the storm of crows he
sets upon us. (looks) See, they come!
The sound of CAWING CROWS joins in with the sound of the blowing wind. Afraid, ANNIE kneels with the others. She takes the cup and drinks. She violently coughs and rolls to the ground.
Look! Look, Catherine. The devil
takes her quick. The dark one now
calls upon us to do his bidding.
T’will be many hangings in Beverly
ANNIE’s body jerks, convulses. The WIND HOWLS LOUDER.
My Goody Johnson will hang!
My Goody Williams will hang! Reverend
Hale will hang!
ANNIE rises to her feet and starts to flap her arms.
I’M ABOUT TO FLY! I MUST FLY!
ELIZABETH and CATHERINE also stand and begin to flap their arms.
I’M GOING TO FLY, TOO!
WE MUST FLY OVER THE TOWN CRYING
OUT NAMES OF THOSE WHO DANCE WITH
They continue to flap their arms while crying out - Goody Johnson must hang, Goody Williams must hang.
Goody Williams, Goody Johnson, Goody Henry...THEY MUST HANG! THEY MUST HANG! HANG...