Hipp Unplugged: Salem


by Sam Walsh

Monday, December 4, 2023 at 7 pm

Set between January and September 1692 in a barn on the Marlboro family farm in Salem Village, Massachusetts, sixteen year old Tryphena longs for something more in life than housework and chores. Her sensitive older brother Cuddy is disgusted by the growing religious extremism within Salem Town and makes plans to escape to Harvard Divinity School in the fall. Dorcas, a young girl who is living with the Marlboros, is so happy to be here – but trauma from her past threatens to catch up to her at any moment. As the temperature in town rises, these three young people must grapple with the dangerous realities of being themselves in a world of unforgiving social structure.

Playwright Sam Walsh

Sam Walsh is a New York based playwright, performer, and multi-disciplinary artist. Some of her full length plays include The Mountain (Finalist, Chain Theater Playwriting Lab 18′), Break (Staged Reading, Team Awesome Robot, 19′, Semi-Finalist, Play Penn 20′), Ether (Semi-Finalist, Unicorn Theatre New Play Reading Series 20′), The Things We Say (Reading, The Barrow Group 21′), Should You Find Yourself Prepared (Semi-Finalist, National Playwrights Conference 21′), The Visible (First Fridays, Barrow Group 22′; Finalist, Theatre Viscera 22′; Reading, Threshold Theater 22′), Salem (Semi-Finalist, National Playwrights Conference 22′, Semi-Finalist, Princess Grace Award 22′, Semi-Finalist, Judith Royer Excellence in Playwriting Award 23′, Workshop, stroller scene 23′), and the stranger (Roundtable Reading Series, Hunter MFA Program, 23′). Her short plays include The Body (Pussyfest 18′), I’m Gonna Vote (ESPA Detention Series 18′), BINGE (Chain Theater One Act Festival, 21′), Miles (ESPA Detention Series 19′), and Should (ESPA Detention Series 19′). She received her BFA in Acting from the University of Florida and is an MFA Playwriting Candidate at Hunter College (Class of 24′).

Hipp Unplugged:

A Staged Reading Series aims to bring Gainesville more theater that is challenging, gives voice to underserved playwrights, and provides our company and artistic community a place to come together and grow. With the Hipp Unplugged, you can be among the first to experience new works from promising artists in our intimate Cinema Stage. There will be a talkback after every performance with the director and cast to discuss the works performed.

Monday, December 4, 2023 at 7 pm

Sliding Scale: $10 to $25

"The Hipp Unplugged reading series is a chance for the Hippodrome to explore stories we haven’t been able to put on our Mainstage, We can take chances and explore topics that are more challenging."
Stephanie Lynge
Artistic Director