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February 10th, 2010
'Vinegar Tom' speaks to contemporary issues

020810vinegar Vinegar Tom. Detail from pamphlet published in 1644, The Discovery of Witches.

STAFF REPORT

Texas State’s Department of Theatre and Dance will present Caryl Churchill’s play “Vinegar Tom” from Feb. 11-14 in the PSH Foundation Studio Theatre in the Texas State Theatre Center. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 11-13, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Feb. 14.

The action of “Vinegar Tom” takes place during the 17th century witch hunts in England, using the backdrop to examine the role of women in a male dominated era. The play takes its name from a hideous creature that was rumored to be an animal spirit companion of witches.

The past and present serve as counterpoints to the play’s message about women.

Texas State graduate student and director of the play Lara Willars said, “”This is a play I feel very deeply about with its themes of violence and abuse towards women and the underprivileged. The audience can look forward to intermittent songs throughout the play set in modern times as a sort of social commentary about the themes in the show.”

Potential attendees are warned that the play deals with mature subject matter that may be shocking or offensive.

“The play is filled with very unlikable characters, which is why it speaks so loudly to the injustice of witches being accused and murdered for crimes that are everyday activities for people today,” said Willars.

Tickets for the event are $8 for general admission and $5 for students with a valid Texas State ID. More information is available by calling (512) 245-2147.

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