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STC stages “Bittersweet Midnight” for October

Posted by Kaileigh Higgins  September 8, 2010 10:00 AM

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The following is a press release from the Salem Theatre Company:

For their first Main Stage production of Season Eight, the Salem Theatre Company is proud to present the funny and frightening Bittersweet Midnight by local raconteur Judith Black.
 
A nationally acclaimed storyteller living in Marblehead, Black scorches a path from local history and hysteria to contemporary hilarity and hysterics as she explores the power of female hungers and relationships - both here and in the hereafter.  Featured in the performance is the music of Betsy Rose and musicianship of Vince O’Donnell of Newton, and Bill Smith of Salem, who will help transport us to a time when the ocean’s healing power ruled.
 
Starting with walks alongside accused witch Mammy Redd on Old Burial Hill, Bittersweet Midnight begins by transporting audiences to a time when the Calvinists caused havoc on the land.  Black's unique program then leaps to the lighter side of contemporary female appetites. Themes include sublimated sexual passions, compulsive relationships with food, and the endless attempts to get mom's approval (even postmortem); round up all the usual suspects that live in a woman's psyche!
 
Judith Black, winner of storytelling's most prestigious award, The Oracle Circle of Excellence, has been featured seven times at the National Storytelling Festival and performed her original stories on NPR, at the Smithsonian Institute, The Montreal Comedy Festival, and at theaters and festivals throughout the nation for 30 years.  Commissioned to create original stories for the US Department of the Interior, The Mass Foundation for the Humanities, The Boston Museum of Fine Arts and many others her stories have brought audiences around the world to standing ovations.
 
For more information about Ms. Black’s work and classes, visit www.storiesalive.com and www.tellingstoriestochildren.com.
 
Bittersweet Midnight is directed by John Fogle and runs September 30 through October 16 at the STC Theater at 90 Lafayette Street in Salem.  Performance times are Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30pm; Sundays at 3:00pm.  Adults tickets are $22, senior tickets (60+) are $18, and student tickets are $12; tickets may be purchased online now at www.salemtheatre.com/tickets.  Tickets may also be reserved for pick-up at the box office on the day of show, by calling 978-792-8546 or e-mailing info@salemtheatre.com.  
 
Bittersweet Midnight Special Events
 
Thursday, September 30:  Special Opening Night Performance to benefit HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change) and STC.  Tickets are $35.
 
Sunday, October 3:  “Pay What You Will” performance.  See the show and YOU name the price.
 
Thursday, October 7:  Post-show talk-back and question/answer session with the cast and director.  (Included in ticket price.)
 
About the STC
The Salem Theatre Company - a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization – was founded in 2002 and enriches the artistic, cultural, and economic life of the Greater Salem region through the performance of classic, contemporary, and new works of exceptional theater. The STC hopes to move and inspire, and to build connections with new, diverse audiences and theatre artists through the performing arts and arts education outreach.  
 
The STC is now in its Eighth Season and is led by Artistic Director John Fogle, Executive Director Gary LaParl, and is supported by dozens of volunteers and theater artists.  More details about tickets, the venue, and Season Eight are available at www.salemtheatre.com.

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