Playwriting

SMOKE DAMAGE: A STORY OF THE WITCH HUNTS

 

Two acts. Written in collaboration with the ensemble. Five women.

Premiere 1983, directed by Cynthia Grant, Nightwood Theatre, Toronto.

A vacation in Europe becomes a quest as five women visit the landmarks where nine million women were tortured and killed as witches.  The actions slips around in time, connecting the modern travelers with the women of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.  Gradually the tourists are transformed into terrorists - with a twist. Smoke Damage is a blend of wit, fact, fairy tale, and chilling quotations from the Church's handbook for witch hunters.

Published by Playwrights' Union of Canada, Toronto, 1985, and Exile Editions, Toronto, 1995.

 

Ann-Marie MacDonald and Maureen White, members of the original ensemble

Smoke Damage