Act I

Prologue
On the verge of womanhood, a girl imagines her future.

The Proctor’s house
The girl, Abigail, works for the family of Elizabeth and John Proctor and becomes entangled in a dangerous relationship.

Meeting house
The community of Salem join together in a service of devotion and fellowship.

Shadow play
Abigail and her friends play at the edge of the village.

Forest
The girls visit Tituba, an outsider, who lives in the forest. Abigail seeks a way to curse Elizabeth Proctor. As they dance, out of control, the girls are discovered by Reverend Samuel Parris. Betty, one of the girls and Parris’ daughter, collapses. He carries her to the Meeting House.

Meeting house
The community rallies. Reverend Hale, an expert in witchcraft, is summoned. In the process of trying to save Betty, a powerful force is unleashed in Salem as the girls begin to accuse people within the community of witchcraft.

Act II

Meeting house – Witch trial
Events have progressed; as the community fragments, increasing numbers fall under suspicion. The Deputy Governor of Massachusetts, Danforth, leads the hearings.

The Proctor’s house
Abigail persuades the Proctor’s new servant, Mary, to store a poppet, a small doll made to look like Abigail herself, in the Proctor’s home. Unbeknownst to Mary, the poppet, stuck with a pin, serves as evidence of witchcraft. The authorities arrive with a search warrant.

Meeting house – Court
Given a choice between a confession or the noose, the prisoners hold fast to their truth. For Elizabeth and John Proctor, their private shame of John’s affair is made public and Abigail is exposed. However, in denying her husband’s affair, Elizabeth, unwittingly, condemns herself.

Outskirts of the village
Unable to bear her humiliation, Abigail leaves Salem.

Jail
As the day of reckoning dawns for the citizens of Salem, John Proctor faces a terrible choice, should he save his life or his name?