by Caryl Churchill
songs composed by
Molly Allis, Juliet Olivier & Veronica Barron
lyrics by Caryl Churchill
directed by Mac Young
January 11th-February 2nd
The Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA
Light Design: PJ Strachman
Set Design: Mac Young
Costume Design: Emily Woods Hogue
Stage Manager: Jadira Figueroa
Dialect coach: Liz Hayes
Violence Choreography: John Robichau & Marcus Watson
Ensemble: Melis Aker, David Anderson, Melissa Barker, John Greene, Obehi Janice, Becca A. Lewis, Caroline Price, Jennifer Reddish, Karin Webb
Music Composed and Performed by: Veronica Barron & Tony Leva
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A play with music. A play about witches, with no witches in it.
In the 17th century, as now, those living on the fringes of society survive through the mercy and forbearance of their neighbors. In a rural village, that fragile balance is disturbed, and the arrival of a renowned witch-finder provides the community with a focus for its frustrations. When witchcraft exists in the minds of persecutor and persecuted, petty and everyday transgressions become hanging crimes.
Punctuated by music hall variety acts and live musical performances, Churchill's 1976 play uses mordant wit and biting political commentary to explore the prejudices and fears that actively shape our lives. Whistler’s production will feature fresh arrangements by some of Boston’s hottest young musicians.
“But you don’t like to think it of your neighbor.”