Caryl Churchill's Vinegar Tom
January 11 - February 2, 2013
A play with music. A play about witches, with no witches in it.
In the 17th century, as now, those living on the fringes of society survive through the mercy and forbearance of their neighbors. In a rural village, that fragile balance is disturbed, and the arrival of a renowned witch-finder provides the community with a focus for its frustrations. When witchcraft exists in the minds of persecutor and persecuted, petty and everyday transgressions become hanging crimes.
Punctuated by music hall variety acts and live musical performances, Churchill's 1976 play uses mordant wit and biting political commentary to explore the prejudices and fears that actively shape our lives. Whistler’s production will feature fresh arrangements by some of Boston’s hottest young musicians.
“But you don’t like to think it of your neighbor.”