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June 03, 2019

17th century play based on real-life witch trial to be performed at Laurel Hill

REV Theatre Company to put on a show at the cemetery in July

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Carroll - Laurel Hill Cemetery Thom Carroll/PhillyVoice

A statue in Laurel Hill Cemetery.

On four nights in July, a little-known play from the 17th century will be performed by REV Theatre Company at Laurel Hill Cemetery. 

"The Witch of Edmonton" was written in 1621 during the Jacobean era and is based on the true story of a woman who was tried and executed for being a witch.

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In the play, Elizabeth Sawyer is an old woman who is unfairly ostracized by her community, so she turns to witchcraft and befriends the devil in the guise of a dog (who sings and dances through the production). 

Alongside the main story is another plot line about a young man who's forced to marry a woman for her wealth, while he loves and is secretly married to another.

The production, which has tragedy, horror and comedy, includes revenge, lust, suicide and murder.

Tickets for the show at the cemetery are $30 per person. The play will take place July 12, July 13, July 19 and July 20 at 8 p.m. Rain dates are scheduled for July 14 and July 21.

Those attending are encouraged to bring their own blankets or beach chairs, picnics and beverages.

"The Witch of Edmonton"

Friday, July 12, through Saturday, July 13
Friday, July 19, through Saturday, July 20
8 p.m. | $30 per person
Laurel Hill Cemetery
3822 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19132

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