REV Theatre Presents 'The Witch of Edmonton' on Caplan Studio Stage at University of the Arts

University students, faculty and alumni participating as cast and crew

June 2, 2010

New York-based REV Theatre Company presents a revamped version of its 2001 production of the 17th century play "The Witch of Edmonton" June 2 – 6 and June 9 – 12 at the Caplan Studio Theater (211 S. Broad Street) at the University of the Arts. REV's Artistic Director Rosemary Hay, an adjunct assistant professor of Theater Arts at the University of the Arts, directs the production, which features fellow Ira Brind School of Theater Arts faculty member D'Arcy Webb (below) in the title role and New York actor Rudy Caporaso as the Devil Dog.

This 1621 play was inspired by the true story of the trial and execution of Elizabeth Sawyer, accused of practicing witchcraft in the town of Edmonton, England. Persecuted by the repressive Puritan community in which she lives, Elizabeth Sawyer summons the Devil in the guise of a dog to seek revenge against her tormentors. Lust, bigamy, revenge, madness, suicide and murder are all unleashed as the Devil Dog hunts his prey through the town of Edmonton.

The original script by Shakespeare contemporaries William Rowley, Thomas Dekker and John Ford has been re-imagined and reinvented by Hay and Caporaso, creating a world of extreme emotional intensity and passion within a minimalist production design including startlingly modern musical numbers.

Hay has worked at the Royal Shakespeare Company, directed at Williamstown Theater Festival, Buffalo Studio Arena and Off-Broadway. She directed the premiere of "Realm of the Unreal" in the 2009 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Webb, a Philadelphia-based actor, cabaret singer and teacher, has performed professionally both regionally and in New York over the past 25 years. Her one-woman show "Just One Step: Songs From the Edge" has been presented widely in the Philadelphia area. Caporaso has appeared in numerous theaters both Off-Broadway and regionally. Most recently, Caporaso has played the classic roles of Hamlet, Iago and Puck.

The production stars University of the Arts seniors Alyssa DiPalma and Andrew Tardiff (above left); Jennifer MacMillan '06 (above center); 2009 graduates Ryan Touhey (above right) and Ryan Walker; and new grads Haley McCormick, Nicholas Muni and Daniel O’Neil. Brind School staffer Darin J. Dunston is also on the bill.

Tickets are $20 for general admission and $10 for students and senior citizens and can be purchased online. Not suitable for children.

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