by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
directed by Blake Robison
originally produced at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park,
January 19, 2013
through February 17, 2013
What really happened to The Crucible’s Abigail Williams after she stole through Salem’s forest one dark night in search of a new life and new beginning? In this exciting world premiere, 10 years have passed since the infamous witch trials, but Abigail still struggles to atone for her sins, the ones history remembers — and darker ones that live in her heart. As she cares for a young sailor on the brink of death, a mysterious stranger from Abigail’s past catches up with her, sending her on one final, suspense-filled quest for redemption.
(Photo: Stephanie Fieger in Abigail/1702. Photo by Sandy Underwood.)
Blake Robison, Artistic Director:Abigail/1702 is a striking, historical fantasia that springs from the simple question: what happened to Abigail Williams? Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is well known for his highly imaginative work. This play draws on all facets of his artistry – his attraction to complex characters, his gift for contemporary dialogue, his highly visual style and his love of a good ghost story. Roberto’s play fuses iconic characters with a modern sensibility. It squeezes Miller-sized passions through the filter of modern vernacular dialogue to create a world all its own. It is a wholly original play that bridges the gap between classical and contemporary by catching up with Miller’s character ten years down the line. She feels familiar yet strangely new. It is 1702, yet the action jumps off the page with freshness and immediacy. It’s like viewing a picture through the refracted light of a prism, or seeing the negative of a newly restored photograph.
Blake Robison, Artistic Director:The extra week of rehearsal provided by the Edgerton Foundation fostered collaboration between the cast and creative team. It was a gift to have everyone together – sharing ideas and making valuable adjustments, knowing that we had the time to explore. Too often, there is a rush to lock in your choices. We didn't have to do that right away, and the play benefited enormously.
Director: Blake Robison
Set Design: Wilson Chin
Lighting Design: Matthew Richards
Sound Design: Matthew M. Nielson
Costume Design: Marion Williams
Cast: Ross Bickell, Nicholas Carriere, Stephanie Fieger, Deanne Lorette, Ethan Verderber