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'Safe in Hell': Absurdist Take on Salem Witch Trials

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'Safe in Hell': Absurdist Take on Salem Witch Trials

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'Safe in Hell': Absurdist Take on Salem Witch Trials

'Safe in Hell': Absurdist Take on Salem Witch Trials

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In her new work Safe in Hell, now on stage in Southern California, playwright Amy Freed renders the Salem witch trials as black comedy. The play centers around the dysfunctional relationship between two historic figures involved in the 17th-century trials: moralist Increase Mather and his son, Cotton. Freed talks with NPR's Renee Montagne.

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