in the Woods, 2021
Show Art: Katharine McManus
Driven by lust, the men of Ravenna seek out Hecate, the Witch in the Woods, for charms and enchantments to get what they want: the women of Ravenna. But when the Duchess visits the Witches for a more sinister spell, she gets much more than she reckoned -- or that's how the Pilgrim Women tell the story...
This premiere production by Campfire Quorum imagines Thomas Middleton's 1616 play, THE WITCH, performed in 1620 by the Women of the Mayflower on their first day ashore in Provincetown. Under the guise of doing laundry, they sneak away from the men and into the Woods to break Puritanical taboos -- donning pants, taking to the stage, casting spells, and reveling in the newfound power of their escapist "new world."
But will the theatrical spell they are weaving leave them unchanged?
"Nothing gets you in the fall spirit quite like a trip to the woods to see a play about witches.... And yet it did not rest on the laurels of a perfect setting, instead pushing beyond to a concept that highlighted the censorship — particularly the censorship of women — that still haunts us to this day."
- Bess Rowen, Medium
"The Provincetown woods is a fitting location for this production of Middleton’s 1616 dramedy.... While the men are busy at work in the new world, the women decide to do a different kind of world-building — not the Western colonizer type."
- Cam Blair, The Provincetown Independent
Adapted from the play by Thomas Middleton
Directed by Megan Nussle
Line Produced by Patrick Riviere & Katherine McCombs
Costume Designed by Carol Sherry
Directions to the Woods
A short walk, bike, or drive
from Provincetown Center:
Head East on Commercial St
Turn left on Pearl St
Turn left on Brewster St
Turn right on Harry Kemp Way
You'll find the entrance to the Woods at the end of Harry Kemp Way