News, Theater
Jul 31, 2019

Cast Announced for Witch at Geffen Playhouse

Geffen Playhouse announced the full cast for its West Coast premiere of Witch, written by Jen Silverman (The RoommateCollective Rage: A Play in Five Betties) and directed by Marti Lyons (How to Defend YourselfBoticelli in the Fire).

Witch, marks the first Geffen production to launch the 2019/2020 season, the second season programmed by Artistic Director Matt Shakman. The cast features Emmy nominee and Golden Globe winner Maura Tierney (ERThe Affair) as Elizabeth Sawyer, as well as Brian George (Three SeasonsStuff Happens) as Sir Arthur Banks, Ruy Iskandar (Macbeth, The Tempest) as Frank Thorney, Evan Jonigkeit (SweetbitterThe Snow Geese) as Scratch, Vella Lovell(Crazy Ex-GirlfriendThe Big Sick) as Winnifred and Will Von Vogt (Significant OtherAngels in America), who replaces previously announced Simon Helberg in the role of Cuddy Banks.

Previews for Witch begin Tuesday, August 20 in the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at Geffen Playhouse. Opening night is Thursday, August 29.

In this fiendishly funny new play by Jen Silverman, inspired by The Witch of Edmonton by Rowley, Dekker and Ford, a charming devil arrives in the quiet village of Edmonton to bargain for the souls of its residents in exchange for their darkest wishes. Elizabeth should be the easiest to target, having been labeled a “witch” and cast out by the town, but her soul is not so readily bought. An inventive retelling of a Jacobean drama, this sharp, subversive fable debates how much our souls are worth when hope is hard to come by. Witch was commissioned by and premiered at Writers Theatre (Michael Halberstam, Artistic Director; Kathryn M. Lipuma, Executive Director).