A dramatisation of the story surrounding the death by hanging of the Quaker Mary Dyer in 1660


Mary Dyer

Quaker, hanged, Boston 1660 in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

She was a dissenter unto death over what is claimed the Colony’s “abuse of civil and religious power” by both Puritan civil magistrate and (the near) theocracy.

The Play explores her dramatic presence in the Puritan-Quaker religious-civil confrontation in the Colony.

Did she display unflinching courage in demonstrating spiritual conviction in the struggle for freedom in religious beliefs and for conscience’s sake? Or was she an unyielding, deluded religious fanatic, as the Puritan leadership claimed?

This Play is set during the Quaker ‘invasion’ of this burgeoning Colony, the subsequent persecution of their alleged sedition, and their non-violent resistance to oppression.

 

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Mary Dyer Quaker, hanged, Boston 1660 in the Massachusetts Bay Colony

A dramatisation of the story surrounding the death by hanging of the Quaker Mary Dyer in 1660

A ‘factional’ two-Act Play “She Died Twice”

This ‘factional’ two-Act Play “She Died Twice” presents you with glimpses and deeper insights into the life of Mary Dyer

A Question of Courage - Mary Dyer

A question of courage explores the type of courage displayed by MAry Dyer during her trial.

Conscience and courage

An essay on the courage displayed by Mary Dyer - Quaker during her trial in 1660

A Question of Courage - Mary Dyer

A question of courage explores the type of courage displayed by MAry Dyer during her trial.

Foreword: A drama of New England’s beginnings

This drama of New England’s beginnings is not factual history, but in this Play, She Died Twice, there are facts interwoven.

Courage - the human quality

Courage is that quality of the universal displayed in many a human situation, valued throughout our history

Historical Perspective

A series of short essays exploring the historical perspective of the times of Mary Dyer

The Quakers in England - a family feud

The Quakers in England a brief description of the Society of Friends around 1650 to 1660

The Puritans in Massachusetts

The Colony of Massachusetts Bay was set up as a Puritan ‘plantation of the religious’ Colony

Arrival of the Quakers - 1656 onwards

Exploring the history of the arrival of the Quakers in America 1656 onwards.

Death by hanging in 17th century

Death by hanging - The Puritan leadership said Quakers hanged were heretics, blasphemers and insurrectionists

Resident-settlers and Quakers

The Quakers, moving among the resident-settlers, were at first treated with suspicion, even feared

Extract from Mary Dyer’s letter

Extract from Mary Dyer’s letter to the General Court, October 1659

Another view of the period - seen from both sides

Another view of this period in early American Quaker history

Religious tolerence

It took time, many decades, for true religious tolerance to become a feature of life in the Colony

The Characters

Characters appearing in the play She Died Twice

A Two Act Scenario - She died twice

The two acts of the historical drama She Died Twice

She died twice Scenario Act I

Act 1 scenario of the play She Died Twice

She died twice Scenario Act II

Act 2 scenario of the play She Died Twice

She died twice Scenario Act III

Act 3 scenario of the play She Died Twice

'Factional' Profiles of the Characters

Factional profiles of the main characters in the historical play She Died Twice

Mary Dyer - Quaker

Mary Dyer Quaker hanged in 1660 for her religious beliefs

William Dyer

William Dyer, a facional profile

Will Dyer

Will Dyer a factional profile

A profile John Endecott

A factional profile of John Endecott

John Norton

John Norton a factional profile

John Winthrop governor of Connecticut Colony

John Winthrop the Younger, governor of Connecticut Colony at the time of this play

Tom Winston

Tom Winston a factional profile

Anne Hutchinson a factional profile

Anne Hutchinson is described as older than Mary Dyer. As a youngster, she is brought up in a strictly religious household in Old England.

Samuel Shattuck

Samuel Shattuck a factional profile

Jailor Adams

A factional profile of Jailor Adams

Mary Dyer, The Play - She Died Twice

Mary Dyer, The Play - She Died Twice download your copy here

Contact the Author of the play She Died Twice

Contact information for the Author of the play She Died Twice

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Mary Dyer, Dyer, Quaker, dissenter, abuse, civil, religious power
Puritan, magistrate, theocracy, courage, spiritual conviction, religious beliefs
conscience, religious fanatic, play, drama, history, Quaker invasion
persecution, sedition, non-violent resistance, oppression
hanged, Boston, 1660, Massachusetts Bay Colony, religious confrontation
 

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