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Witch

  • Jen Silverman
  • Full Length Play, Drama
  • 3M, 2F
  • ISBN: 9780573708220

Jen Silverman boldly transforms this classic play by Jacobean playwrights William Rowley, Thomas Dekker and John Ford, using a contemporary lens to make the machinations of the distant past strikingly relevant to today.

  • Full Length Play
  • Drama
  • 90 minutes

  • Target Audience: Adult

  • Performance Group:
  • College Theatre / Student, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups, Professional Theatre
Mischief is afoot in the sleepy village of Edmonton and the fate of the world is at stake in this smart modern fable. When the emotionally conflicted son of the local lord and an ambitious newcomer come into conflict, help presents itself to both of them in the same guise—as the Devil himself.

But while these two young men take advantage of the Devil’s bargain to accomplish their own questionable ends, someone else in town stands her ground—Elizabeth, an outcast whom everyone believes to be a witch.

REVIEWS:

"Raging, hopeful, weeping: No matter how you leave Witch, you won't leave unscathed."

 Windy City Times

"The playwright’s ear for patterns of speech, and the halting language of longing, is marvelous here..."

 Chicago Sun Times

"In her adaptation of this little-known Jacobean drama, Silverman’s brought new life to an old story from four centuries ago. With just a few twists, the elimination of several superfluous characters and by updating the language to today’s vernacular, the playwright has created a mesmerizing one-act drama that’s filled with unexpected humor and feels as contemporary in theme as today’s headlines."

 Chicago Theatre Review

  • Casting: 3M, 2F