Huntington Announces Cast and Creative Team for WITCH
The Huntington announces the cast and creation crew of its second production of its 40th anniversary season, the dark comedy Witch by Jen silverman, directed by Rebecca Bradshaw, from October 15 to November 14, 2021 at The Huntington’s Calderwood Pavilion at BCA. The duration of the show is 90 minutes without intermission.
As a single woman left alone in a small village, Elizabeth Sawyer is labeled a witch and outcast by locals, blamed for everything from crop failures to sick cows and colicky babies. When an attractive devil named Scratch arrives in town, promising to fulfill the residents’ darkest dreams in exchange for their souls, he expects Elizabeth to be an easy target, but finds her oddly resistant to both. her charms and her offer of sweet revenge. .
Scratch, however, has a better chance of seducing the souls of the nearby castle of Sir Arthur Banks, the town’s largest landowner, where Sir Arthur Cuddy’s somewhat sensitive son and an ambitious peasant Frank Thorney vie for affections and the legacy of Sir Arthur, while servant Winnifred makes his own plans.
Loosely based on the Jacobean play The Witch of Edmonton written by William Rowley, Thomas dekker and John Ford in 1621, Silverman’s Witch was commissioned by Writers Theater in Chicago where it premiered in 2018, and was subsequently produced at The Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles in 2019.
While the action in Witch takes place in the 17th century with period sets and costumes, the play itself engages in a spiritual dialogue with contemporary vernacular and modern sensibility. The play’s topical themes around gender roles and prejudices in society will resonate with contemporary audiences.
“Witch is a play about a woman who is offered an opportunity,” says playwright Jen silverman. “When I started writing it I was interested in the question of how we can affect change – do we have any hope for change if we operate in existing systems, or do we have to destroy everything and start over? ? “
“My favorite pieces are stories with misbehaving characters,” said director Rebecca Bradshaw, who left The Huntington’s artistic team in July 2021 to become the artistic director of The Kitchen Theater Company in Ithaca, NY. . “Witch explores who has power, who has status, and what you might be willing to sacrifice for the sake of your soul.”
The cast of Witch presents, in alphabetical order:
- Barzin Akhavan (he / him) as a wealthy landowner and Patriarch Sir Arthur Banks; credits include Network on Broadway, Macbeth Off Broadway, and the films Funny Face and The Jew of Malta.
- Lyndsay Allyn Cox (her / her) as Elizabeth Sawyer, an independent woman referred to as an outcast and witch by the locals; credits include a Dream Boston audio piece for The Huntington, Bright Half Life (Actors’ Shakespeare Project) and Three Musketeers (Greater Boston Stage Company).
- Gina Fonseca (she / she) as Winnifred, a servant of Sir Arthur’s castle who has a special connection to Frank; Our Dear Dead Drug Lord (studio premiere, Off the Grid Theater Company).
- Javier David Padilla (he / him) as the ruthless peasant Frank, who seeks to rise in his rank by pursuing both Sir Arthur’s approval and fortune; credits include Romeo and Juliet (Harlem Classical Theater), A Doll’s House (Signature Theater), and The Rocky Horror Show (Artist Repertory Theater).
- Nick sulfaro (he / him) as Cuddy banks, Sir Arthur’s sensitive son who wants nothing more than to continue his Morris dance; credits include Stephen Sondheim‘s Sunday in the Park with George and A Little Night Music at The Huntington, and numerous Boston appearances in New Rep, Greater Boston Stage Company and others.
- Michael underhill (he / him) as the devilishly charming Scratch who offers the villagers their deepest desires in exchange for their souls; credits include Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Man in the Ring and a Dream Boston audio piece for The Huntington, and numerous appearances with the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (The Tempest, Othello, Richard III, Cymbeline).
Witch’s all-female design team includes set designer Luciana Stecconi (her; A Wind in the Door at the Kennedy Center Theater For Young Audiences and Oil at the Olney Theater Center); costume designer Chelsea Kerl (she / she; Pass Over at SpeakEasy Stage / The Front Porch Arts Collective and Greater Good at Company One / ART); lighting designer Marie-Louise Geiger (she / she; Top Girls, Venus in Fur, Invisible Man at The Huntington) and sound designer Melanie Chen Cole (she / she; The Ohio State Murders at the Goodman Theater, Mrs. Harrison, Tuesdays with Morrie at Indiana Repertory Theater).
The choreographer is Shields of Misha (her) and the Combat Director and Intimacy Coordinator is Ted hewlett (he him). Rosalind Bevan (she) is the assistant director, Pascale Florestal (she / she) is the playwright and Jazzmin Bonner (she / she) is the executive producer. Kevin schlagle (he / he) is the production manager and Sam Layco (she / they) is the production manager.