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Stetson University presents "Vinegar Tom," by Obie Award-winning author Caryl Churchill Feb. 20-23 in Stetson Theatre Arts' "Second Stage" inside the Museum of Art, 600 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand.
"Vinegar Tom" tells the story of a small rural village in 17th Century England. It examines the devastating effects that result when feelings of paranoia and hatred are channeled into accusations of witchcraft. "Vinegar Tom is directed by Julie Schmitt," director of Stetson's Theatre Arts Program.
An exciting, early play by Churchill, "Vinegar Tom" follows the story of several characters that make their living from farming. When their crops go bad and their cattle become sick, certain characters start to believe that their bad luck must be the result of witchcraft. Their accusations result in a visit from a famous witch hunter who will stop at nothing to eradicate witches from this community. Although "Vinegar Tom" is set in the17th century, the play has a contemporary feel as a result of the modern staging and the inclusion of popular music sung by a chorus of singers.
The actors include Grace Aguda, Erin Foster, Roxy Ghamgosarinia, Jonathan Greer, Sabrina Lemar, Jacob Manos, Rachel Markunas, Ellen Smittle and Samantha Williams.
The singers include Allie Champagne, Caron Davis, Ashley Johnson and Amie Vaughn.
This play is for mature audiences because of the coarse language and sexual content.
Showtimes are 8 p.m., Thursday through Saturday; 3 p.m., Sunday. Admission is $12 for adults, and $10 for seniors and students. (Stetson students, faculty and staff are admitted free with a valid ID.) Tickets will be available at the door and reserved tickets must be picked up 30 minutes prior to the start of the show. Box office will be open one hour prior to curtain.
For information or reservations, call the box office at (386) 822-8700.