We had no idea what we were getting in to when we went to see the play at Writers Theatre. The play was ‘Witch’ and we knew nothing about it.
As it turns out, it is a new play and a world premiere by Jen Silverman. Originally, it was a classic play by several Jacobean playwrights: William Rowley, Thomas Dekker, and John Ford. Ms. Silverman took it and updated it for the current day. In my estimate, it is a smash hit. I thoroughly enjoyed it, there was not one dull minute in it and it made you question and think about all sorts of issues.
I think that this play shall go far.
The basic question in the play is, “What would you do if the devil came up to you and asked you what you would want in exchange for your eternal soul?” That is what happens in this play and the devil is busy asking the question and one of the people questioned is a truly hard sell. As it turns out, the whole town of Edmonton believes her to be a witch.
The play is about an hour and half long with no intermission and in the smaller of the two theatres, the Gillian Theatre. Marti Lyons directs it. The cast is very well chosen and all are strong. The weakest, if I had to choose one, would be Winnifred, played by Arti Ishak. Nonetheless, I still felt that she did a great job.
David Alan Anderson as Sir Arthur
Audrey Francis as Elizabeth (thought to be the witch)
Steve Haggard as Cuddy
Ryan Hallahan as Scratch (the devil)
Arti Ishak as Winnifred
John Hudson Odom as Frank Thorney
The main issue going on in the local castle is a family struggle. The son of the Sir Arthur, Cuddy, meets up with the devil by chance and divulges that he is jealous of Frank Thorney. Frank is a poor local who is living in the castle at the invitation of Sir Arthur and seemingly more of a son to Sir Arthur than Cuddy. Frank is more than happy to assume that role and is married in secret to Winnifred who is a servant in the castle. That marriage is a problem as Sir Arthur is searching out ways to help Frank in upward movement by finding him a better placed spouse.
I will say no more.
No dozing goes on in this play and the time passes very quickly.
Get to Glencoe and see this, this play should be going places.