WITCHCRAFT
by
Kico Gonzalez-Risso

WITCHCRAFT is a ritual, a murder mystery, a very macabre tragi-comedy that explores the secret fears of men.

Somewhere in the forest the Lady performs her sacred ceremony. Suddenly her hallowed domain is invaded by a group of mysterious visitors. They are distressed and seek to destroy the source of their dilemma. What follows is a confrontation in the forest - at a spot named Satan's Temple - where three men stumble across a woman, Aradia, performing her witch's ceremony. They each claim to know Aradia but cannot agree on who the woman is. In a bizarre ritual, the grim secrets of the men are unveiled before Aradia as she finally understands the mystery of her power.

"And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth."

(Revelation 18:24)

WITCHCRAFT - The Storyline

The Reverend Kramer's wife, Diane, has left him, much to his shame. Hopkins, the local reporter and would-be poet, has suddenly lost his new lover, Dione. Mayor Springer seems to be covering up a scandal of sorts at City Hall. He has been involved with the town prostitute, Dinah, and their liaison has led to the break-up of his marriage. Added to these events is the suspicious fire at City Hall where the remains of a woman's body were found. The Reverend's wife? The poet's lover? The prostitute? The Mayor's wife? No one seems to know for sure, but each man is terrified that if there is an investigation, his most precious secret will be revealed.

What follows is a confrontation in the forest - at a spot named Satan's Temple - where the three men stumble across a woman, Aradia, performing her witch's ceremony. They each claim to know Aradia but cannot agree on who the woman is. Aradia herself thinks the three of them are crazy, or that they must be caught up in a case of mistaken identity. In a bizarre ritual, the grim secrets of the men are unveiled before Aradia as she finally understands the mystery of her power.
 

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First produced in 1989 at the Vancouver Fringe Festival

Drama
3m/1f


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