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Witch

A woodcut of a person menaced by a red outline of a devil figure.
Image by Fleur Kuhta

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by Jen Silverman
Directed by Rudy Ramirez
Feb. 25, March 3, 4, 5 at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 26 at 2 p.m.
In the Rand Theater, located in the Randolph W. Bromery Center for the Arts at UMass

"What if there is something amazing ahead of us, and all we have to do is burn down everything we know to get to it?"
Based on a Jacobean play written when witches were still being burned across Europe, Witch follows a devil named Scratch as he plays with the desires, grievances and ambitions of two young men, only to see him shocked and intrigued when an outcast woman becomes the first to refuse his offer. Jen Silverman's play offers a collection of richly drawn characters all forced to confront how their desires are shaped by, and may even be able to do undo, the systems of power that limit them.

Content Advisory: Strong language, violence, and death

Tickets are $15 general admission, $5 youth, students, and seniors, and can be purchased in advance online at the Fine Arts Center Box Office or by calling 1-413-545-2511.

DEAR PATRONS: IF YOU HAD TICKETS TO THE FEB. 25 PERFORMANCE WHICH WAS CANCELLED DUE TO THE SNOWSTORM, YOU MAY EXCHANGE THEM FOR ANY OTHER PERFORMANCE OF WITCH. CHECK YOUR EMAIL FOR INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE BOX OFFICE, OR BRING YOUR FRIDAY TICKET WITH YOU TO EXCHANGE IT AT THE DOOR.

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Production Credits | Dramaturgical Notes

Production Credits

PRODUCTION TEAM

Director: Rudy Ramirez
Dramaturg: Percival Hornak
Scenic Designer: Anya Klepikov in collaboration with Mingyan Zhu, Anna Zaczek, Liz Zabat, William Waisnor, Isabella Vitti, Ethan Lewis, Roshan Kharbanda, Abigail Hare, Bobby Gaffney, Parker Fisher, Olivia Darling, Chenoa Albertson
Lighting Designer: Hyejung Kang
Costume Designer: Emily Irene Peck
Sound Designer: Eddie Pizzano
Fight Choreographer: Ryan Winkles
Intimacy Choreographer: Finn Lefevre
Stage Manager: Anika Nayak 
Rehearsal Stage Manager: Sena Yacteen

Assistant Director: Benham Alibakhshi
Assistant Dramaturg: Jemma Kepner Assistant Costume Designer: Arianna Morales Assistant Sound Designer and Composer: Darrow Sherman Assistant Stage Managers: Walt Manasse-Latham

Production Manager: Julie Fife
Technical Directors: Michael Cottom, Chris Konstantinidis
Scenic Construction Director: Brandon Hall
Costume Shop Manager: Kristin Jensen
Lighting Supervisor: Michael Dubin
Sound Supervisor: Amy Altadonna
Directing Advisor: Gina Kaufmann
Dramaturgy Advisor: Chris Baker
Costume Design Advisor: Yao Chen
Lighting Design Advisor: Penny Remsen
Sound Design Advisor: Amy Altadonna
Stage Management Advisor: Julie Fife

Special thanks to: Bart Bales, Morris Dance Consultant

CAST          
Elizabeth        Victoria Lee     
Scratch        Parker Fisher     
Cuddy            Andre Meservey     
Frank            Mike O’Malley     
Sir Arthur        Andrew Bove     
Winnifred        Madeline Choiniere Barr

Understudy to Elizabeth and Scratch: Kaliska Wiley
Understudy to Winnifred and Sir Arthur: Hia Ghosh
Understudy to Cuddy and Frank: Nat Irmer

“Witch” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com “WITCH” was commissioned by Writers Theatre through the Literary Development Initiative, with the generous support of David and Mary Winton Green, and the World Premiere was presented at Writers Theatre in Glencoe, IL; Michael Halberstam, Artistic Director, Kathryn M. Lipuma, Executive Director.

PRODUCTION DEPARTMENT
Associate Production Manager: Pedro Eiras|
Assistant Production Manager: Lianna Fife Wiggall    

SCENIC DEPARTMENT
Scenic Artisan: Carl Bridge       
Master Carpenter: William Waisnor
Scenic Charge Artist: Carl Bridge, William Waisnor
Prop Master: Drishti Chauhan    
Scene Shop Technician: Lindsey Barrett
Scene Shop Assistants: Emma Hagan, Jemma Kepner, Angela Kwebiiha, Arjun Misra, Kaliska Wiley Deck Crew: Aleen Karakouzian, Aaron Mancaniello
Run Crew Swings: Carolyn Ferris, Brendan O’Laughlin

LIGHTING  DEPARTMENT
Production Master Electrician: Elana Peisner    
Assistant Master Electrician: Olivia Darling    
Lighting Console Programmer: Bobby Gaffney
Lighting Console Operator: Jemma Kepner
Graduate Assistant: Hyejung Kang
Electrics Shop Assistants: Tess Beckwith, Olivia Darling, Kaiden Elison, Bobby Gaffney, Abby Hare, Jemma Kepner, Anika Nayak, Sam Patterson, Elana Peisner, Sena Yacteen
361 Lab Participants: Itai Abramovich, Sofia Cerciello, Michael Donnelly, Doug Edwards, Rebecca Hicks, Roshan Kharbanda, Taylor Mickens, Michael O’Malley, Sophia Schweik, Darrow Sherman, Matthew Suchecki, Parker Traphagen, Sena Yacteen

SOUND  DEPARTMENT
Sound Engineer: Eddie Pizzano
Board Operator: Jake Barrett
Sound Crew: Ethan Lewis, Julian Buitrago        

COSTUME AND MAKE-UP DEPARTMENT
Assistant Costume Shop Manager: Felicia Malachite
Production Assistants: Malory Grillo, Chenoa Alberston, Emily Peck
Draper for Arthur Banks: Chenoa Albertson
First Hands: Sarah Strong, Andrea Zax
Stitchers: Taylor Lennon, Kristen Mahoney
Wardrobe Supervisor: Eloise Arnold
Dressers: Parker Traphagen, Rebecca Hicks, Brianna Countie
Hair and Makeup Supervisor: Malory Grillo
Hair and Makeup Run Crew: Ethan Tuttman, Anne Gallivan

PUBLICITY, HOUSE AND BUSINESS STAFF
Public Relations Director and House Manager: Anna-Maria Goossens
Associate House Managers: Natasha Hawkins, Anna Norcross
Archival Photographer: Derek Fowles
Poster Design: Fleur Kuhta
Box Office Managers: Arianna Morales, Roxanne Edel
House and Publicity Crew: Andrew Bove, Lindsay Forauer, Bobby Gaffney, Zachary Graczyk, Mary Henry, Preston Knecht, Claudia Maurino, Arjun Misra, Arnav Mohan, Jr  Moreno, Kitty Ryan
Business Manager: Joanne Corbeil-Harper
Administrative Assistant: Bethany Sherwood
Department Chair: Harley Erdman
General Manager: Willow Cohen

Dramaturgical Notes

A Note from the Dramaturgs
by Percival Hornak and Jemma Kepner

Jen Silverman’s play explores our complicity in the ways we hurt each other in pursuit of what we want. WITCH asks us: how much agency do we actually have? How much control can we exert over what happens to us, or getting the things we want? What do we blame on things like witchcraft, the devil, or other forces outside our control? In WITCH, Elizabeth Sawyer asks us if we have hope that things can get better. Through its intertwining plots, WITCH asks us all to consider: what would you be willing to give up to make that hope reality?

The playwright, Jen Silverman (she/they) describes herself as a “playwright, nomad, and jelly-fish wrangler.”1 Silverman has gained a cult following and become a role model for the next generation of queer and feminist theatre-makers. Across all her works, Silverman creates characters and worlds that go beyond traditional feminist and queer narratives that are ripe with relevancy to the #MeToo movement, the rise of intersectional feminism, and the urgent need to question systems. These contexts make it all the more special for our community that UMass Amherst Theater is the first college to produce WITCH, Silverman’s latest play. Her most well-known plays include The Moors (2017), The Roommate (2017), and Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties (2018). In addition to playwriting, Silverman writes for TV and film, and is an accomplished novelist, having recently published We Play Ourselves (Random House, 2021). WITCH was commissioned in 2018 by The Writers Theatre and premiered at The Geffen Playhouse in 2019. The most recent production of WITCH occurred at The Huntington Theatre in October 2021.

1http://www.jensilverman.com

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Production Credits | Dramaturgical Notes