October 26 & 27 2018
“Witch!”, a new play by Ray Carver, is a Halloween tale of olde New England set in Essex Village, Massachusetts in 1692. It tells the story of Bess, a young woman who lost her family in an Indian massacre and is taken in by the good people of Essex. Soon, though, signs of satanic magic start appearing and Essex is plunged into a search for witches. “Witch!” weaves together Nathaniel Hawthorn’s stories and the latest scholarship on the Salem Witch Trials to create an exciting spine-chilling October evening of theatre.
CLICK ON THE LINK TO SEE A PREVIEW OF “WITCH!”
MEET THE CREATORS OF “WITCH!”
Ray Carver — PLAYWRIGHT & DIRECTOR
Working in the Midwest, Ray founded two small theaters and had his acting classes featured on public television. In Minnesota’s Twin Cities he worked as a director and designer for several of the many theaters in Minneapolis and St. Paul metropolitan area. He is also a playwright, whose published plays are used in schools across the country. Three of his plays, based on works by Mark Twain, are part of the collection of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home Museum in Hannibal, Missouri.
Ann Davis — ACTOR and DRAMATURG
Ann has worked at Wolf Trap Farm Park for the Performing Arts, Florida Studio Theatre, the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, and Ohio Valley Summer Theatre. Currently, she is the Artistic Director of River City Community Players and on the board of RVA’s CAT Theatre. Her upcoming projects are directing “Becky’s New Car” for CAT Theatre, “A Red Plaid Shirt” for River City Community Players, and appearing in “Molly Sweeney” at 3 Penny Theatre.
Annie Zannetti — ACTOR and DRAMATURG
Annie Zannetti has appeared on stages all over RVA including Firehouse Theater, Hattheatre, Richmond Triangle Players, and toured nationally with Theatre IV. Broadway World.com said of her performance in RTP’s production of Noel Coward’s “Design For Living”, “Annie Zannetti who steals the spotlight at times with her hilarious and diametrically opposed characters of a cockney maid and a New York socialite.”
Annie has very much enjoyed the collaborative experience of creating “Witch!” with Ann and Ray. She was recently seen in Bifocals’ production of The Poetry Recital and Fancy Hat Society, which she also directed. Other recent credits include the Ashland Summer Theatre Festival with The Whistle Stop Theatre and Bifocals’ Grandpappy’s Farm.
MORE ABOUT “WITCH”
“Witch!” is based on stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne and the actual history of the New England Witch Trials. Find out more about at the following websites:
100 Best Horror Novels and Stories (Hawthorne is on the list) from NPR.org
Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive and Transcription Project from the University of Virginia
The Salem Witchcraft Hysteria of 1692 and “Young Goodman Brown” from Hawthorne in Salem
GETTING TICKETS TO “WITCH!”
COMING NEXT TO 3 PENNY THEATRE!
“A CHRISTMAS CAROL: a ghost story for Christmas”
Told by the author Charles Dickens himself.