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Creative Cauldron Presents Witch
April 12 – May 6, 2018 at ArtSpace Falls Church
Featuring Broadway Veteran Florence Lacey and Helen Hayes Award-winning actress Iyona Blake
Falls Church, VA – Creative Cauldron presents Witch, a Bold New Works world premiere musical written and composed by internationally recognized duo Matt Conner and Stephen Gregory Smith.
Broadway veteran Florence Lacey and Helen Hayes Award-winning actress Iyona Blake return to Creative Cauldron to portray “Becky” and “Destiny”, the subjects of complex and compelling stories of women who have been labeled as witches throughout the centuries – from the Salem Witch trials to modern day politics. Lacey and Blake are joined by Helen Hayes nominated actress Susan Derry and Catherine Purcell as “Maggie” and “Molly”. Creative Cauldron veteran student actors Sophia Manicone, Samaria Dellorso and Arianna Vargas round out the cast as “Fiona”, “Mary”, and “Marie”, respectively. Press night for Witch is Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 8:00 PM at ArtSpace Falls Church, 410 South Maple Avenue, Falls Church, VA.
Witch is the fourth installment of Creative Cauldron’s five year “Bold New Works for Intimate Stages” initiative, following Conner and Gregory’s acclaimed productions of The Turn of the Screw, Monsters of the Villa Diodati, and Kaleidoscope.
Broadway Actress Florence Lacey returns to Creative Cauldron after starring in last season’s critically acclaimed Bold New Work, Kaleidoscope. Florence Lacey is best known for replacing Patti LuPone as Eva Peron in the original 1979 run of Evita – a role she would go on to perform over 3,000 times on Broadway and multiple world tours. Lacey also appeared on Broadway in Les Miserables as Fantine (1987), in Hello, Dolly! as Irene Molloy (1978 and 1995 revivals), and most recently in Follies as Sandra Crane (2011 revival). Locally, Lacey has appeared in Signature Theatre’s Titanic (2016), Sunset Boulevard (2010) and Nevermore (2006).
Creative Cauldron veteran Iyona Blake won the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical, for her performance as Caroline Thibodeaux in last season’s Caroline or Change and the BroadwayWorld DC Award for Best Actress in a Musical – Small Theatre Production. Blake recently starred in Creative Cauldron’s Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill and also starred in Creative Cauldron’s Helen Hayes Awards © Nominated productions of Blues in the Night (2017, and as Once on This Island (2014), and Thunder Knocking on the Door (2013). She won critical acclaim for her performance as Gran Mimi in Signature Theatre’s Jelly’s Last Jam (2016), and Carolyn Neville in Titanic (2016).
Witch will also mark a return for Creative Cauldron favorites Susan Derry (The Turn of the Screw, Monsters of the Villa Diodati, Kaleidoscope) and Catherine Purcell (Monsters of the Villa Diodati and Kaleidoscope). They are joined by Creative Cauldron student actors Sophia Manicone (Ruthless! The Musical, Kaleidoscope), as well as Samaria Dellorso and Arianna Vargas.
Conner and Smith are a Helen Hayes Awards © Nominated duo whose critically-acclaimed musicals have been produced internationally. In addition to their multiple “Bold New Works” premieres with Creative Cauldron, Conner and Smith recently premiered their original musical Silver Belles (written with Allyson Currin) at Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA. Matt Conner’s other musical compositions include Nevermore, The Hollow, and Crossing. He is one of six recipients of Signature Theatre’s “American Musical Voices Project: The Next Generation.” Stephen Gregory Smith is a Helen Hayes Award © winning local actor, director and writer. He has performed at Arena Stage, Wolf Trap, the Kennedy Center, Ford’s Theater, Signature Theater, Metro Stage, Roundhouse Theatre and Olney Theater in both leading and supporting roles. Smith wrote the book for, and directed, Creative Cauldron’s musical revue, Cole Porter: You’re the Top! (2012), and directed Thunder Knocking on the Door (2013). Together, Conner and Smith received a 2015 Helen Hayes Awards © Nomination for Outstanding Director of a Musical – HELEN Production for Creative Cauldron’s The Turn of the Screw.
Tickets for Witch can be purchased at creativecauldron.org or by calling 703-436-9948.
Who/What: Creative Cauldron’s Presents: Witch
When: Production runs April 12 – May 6, 2018
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm,
Press Night is Saturday, April 21 at 8 pm
Where: Creative Cauldron at ArtSpace Falls Church
410 South Maple Avenue, Falls Church, VA 22046
Ticket Info: Adults: $30| Seniors/Military: $26 |Students $20 Groups of 10 or more $18
www.creativecauldron.org or 703-436-9948
Free Parking is available in the 410 and 400 South Maple Building Garages
Creative Cauldron is a non-profit theater and educational arts organization whose innovative programs in the performing and visual arts embody collaboration, experimentation and community engagement. Creative Cauldron was founded by Producing Director Laura Connors Hull in 2002. In June of 2009, Creative Cauldron acquired a permanent home in ArtSpace Falls Church, a 3,000 square foot flexible arts space that provides a venue for year-round classes, live performances of theater, music and dance and visual art exhibits. Programs are presented in part through grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, the Arts Council of Fairfax County, the City of Falls Church and the Little City CATCH Foundation. Creative Cauldron’s programs are also supported by generous corporate and individual sponsors.