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    Caryl Churchill's Vinegar Tom

    Presented by at Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

    January 11 - February 2, 2013


    Caryl Churchill's Vinegar Tom

    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.”

    Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

    527 Tremont Street
    Boston, MA 02116

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    For our eighth season, Whistler in the Dark is launching a Pay What You Want ticketing structure.

    At Whistler, we strive to create an ensemble of artists and audience members who are interested in tackling challenging works together, and we never want our audience to be locked out of that process because of price.

    In the past two years as we've begun to develop our Membership levels, we've discovered that our subscriber base wants to be just that – sub-scribers, under-writers to the work we do. And because we have these remarkable audience members who are able to give a little more to support our work, we are able to take the gamble that comes with inviting our audience to name the price of their tickets.

    We all need art and access to it. And it is our hopes that those who can under-write our work will, and that those who can't will still find a home in our audience because of the generosity of others.

    For our time at the Calderwood Pavillion at the Boston Center for the Arts, we've had to make some decisions for you: due to the high ticket fees associated with producing at this venue, we've had to set a minimum price of $15.

    We designed our season so that if every audience member paid $30, they'd be covering the cost of their seat and throwing in a little extra to help support the Pay What You Want program for everyone. $15 has traditionally been our Artist/Student price. So just choose the level that works for you.

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