The Witch of Edmonton

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 on her tormentors.  The original and brilliantly theatrical script by Shakespeare’s contemporaries William Rowley, Thomas Dekker and John Ford was re-imagined and reinvented by REV’s Artistic Directors to create a world of extreme emotional intensity and passion within a minimalist production design and including startlingly modern musical numbers. 

 

                                                                                                                                                

       

ABOUT

 

In our first season, REV Theatre Company mounted a workshop of the American premiere of their adaptation of a Jacobean drama, The Witch of Edmonton at Expanded Arts, the award winning Off-Broadway theatre.  Following a sold-out run in September 1999, the production moved in March 2000 to Expanded Arts’ new larger space where it again played to capacity audiences, resulting in an extension of performances. 


The production was invited to be part of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in Stamford, CT in June 2000, where it was critically acclaimed by the area’s major paper The Stamford Advocate. 


The Witch of Edmonton was then presented in the spring of 2001 at the Brick Playhouse in Philadelphia, where it received excellent reviews from The Inquirer, Citypaper and Philadelphia Weekly and played to capacity audiences throughout the run.

 

In October-November 2001, The Witch of Edmonton was, once again, presented in New York City, this time at Chashama, a theatre located in Times Square, and again the production enjoyed a very successful run.

 

The Witch of Edmonton was re-mounted in May-June of 2010 at The Caplan Theatre on the Avenue of the Arts in Philadelphia. 

 

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 on her tormentors.  The original and brilliantly theatrical script by Shakespeare’s contemporaries William Rowley, Thomas Dekker and John Ford was re-imagined and reinvented by REV’s Artistic Directors to create a world of extreme emotional intensity and passion within a minimalist production design and including startlingly modern musical numbers.

 

                                                                                                                                                

       

REV Theatre Company Presents a reading of:
The Witch of Edmonton

December 12th

Room 905

Terra Building

211 Broad Street Philadelphia PA

Spellbinding!"

-Philadelphia Enquirer