HSF - The Witch of Edmonton

A world lit only by fire, full of superstition, of moral certitude, and unequivocal evil: early 17th century England seethed in folklore and spirits. Monarchs drank potions of bone dust to increase their longevity, alchemists sought arcane elemental knowledge, giants and monsters roamed the wilderness, and witches soared through the darkened skies on magical brooms.

Based on real events which occurred in England in 1621, The Witch of Edmonton follows three storylines: the isolated, ridiculed, lonely Mother Sawyer who turns to the devil (in the form of a dog), seeking revenge on those who hurt her; Frank Thorney-a bigamist and wife-killer; and the incorruptible Young Cuddy Banks, in love with a woman beyond his reach.

One of the most sophisticated treatments of domestic tragedy in Jacobean drama, The Witch of Edmonton, takes a startlingly modern view of the nature of evil: only when we choose immoral actions and have malice in our hearts are we susceptible to diabolical, supernatural influences.

Cast
Mother Sawyer, the Witch of Edmonton - Stacy Ray
Devil Dog - Nicolas Logue
Sir Arthur - Andrew Lum
Cuddy Banks - Brandon DiPaola
Frank Thorney - Tristan Williams
Old Thorney - Jake McPherson
Katherine Carter - Claire Fallon
Susan Carter- Christine Lamborn
Old Carter - Jonathan "Fenix" Saavedra
Winifred - Ashley Shankles
Ratcliff - Ka'eo Costa
Ann Ratcliff - Aiko Chinen
Old Banks - Brandon Hagio
Warbeck - Scott Peiterson
Somerton - Kenny Kusaka
Justice - Nicholas Myers
Jack (clown) - Gabriel Ramirez

Jake (clown) - Austin Sunderman

Community of Edmonton
       
- Sorsha Scott-Holmes
       
- Domina Hoffman
    
   - Bailey Campbell


The Hawaii Shakespeare Festival (HSF) celebrates its fifteenth season, and the 400-year anniversary of Shakespeare's death, with FREE admission to all performances. The fifteenth season includes Twelfth Night, opening July 8; The Witch of Edmonton, opening July 22; and A Midsummer Night's Dream, openingAugust 12.

The Festival kicks off with "Shakespeare's most perfect comedy," Twelfth Night. Jason Kanda directs this cross-dressing romantic comedy with a contemporary feel and gender-swapped leads. HSF veteran Brooke Jones plays the lovelorn Duke Orsino, while Carson Morneau and Gabriel "Adam" Brading star as Olivia and Viola, respectively.

The season continues with the Jacobean drama The Witch of Edmonton. Based on actual events from 1621 England, and featuring three intertwined plots of love, vengeance and the supernatural, The Witch of Edmonton is directed by Festival veteran Taurie Kinoshita and stars Stacy Ray as Mother Sawyer (the titular witch) and Nicolas Logue as the seductive Devil Dog.

The Festival concludes with A Midsummer Night's Dream, presented in invented language. The cast rely on inventive staging combined with vocal and physical expressiveness to convey the comedic tale of fairies interfering in the romantic lives of mortals. Directed by co-founder and producer Tony Pisculli, and starring Po'okela award-winners Stephanie Keiko Kong and Victoria Brown-Wilson as Oberon and Titania.

Admission is FREE at the door on a first come, first served basis. Advance reservations can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets for $10 by calling 1-800-838-3006 or online at HawaiiShakes.org. For more information, including maps and directions, visit HawaiiShakes.org.