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Salem! The Musical

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By Julie York Coppens · May 26th, 2010 · Fringe

New Englander Elise Dubois thought she knew everything about the Salem witch trials — until research began for an all-female musical parody. “The girls who started this were only 9 and 10 — they didn’t know what they were doing,” she says.

What also struck Dubois and her Chicago company was how some of Salem’s prominent families benefited, gaining property when neighbors were jailed and executed.

“We thought, ‘Let’s bring some of this out — in a funny way,’ ” Dubois says.

The result: a tuneful, twinge-worthy attack on all things puritan. Dubois plays Abby, from one Medea (opening June 4 at Duveneck 2) is a creative retelling of the classic Greek drama. of Salem’s “better” families: “She’s accused of witchcraft for doing math problems.”

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