My We Love Ann Arbor preview of Ubiquitous Theater’s ‘Kissing the Witch’

kissing.jpegIronically, you may not have heard of the Ubiquitous Theater company yet.

But you can get acquainted this weekend, when the company presents Emma Donoghue’s play “Kissing the Witch” at Ypsilanti’s Dreamland Theatre.

“I first did a production of the play fifteen years ago in Buffalo,” said UT’s founder and “Witch” director Margaret Smith, who previously worked as artistic director for Buffalo’s HAG Theatre before moving to Michigan. “I loved the play. Emma Donoghue took these fairy tales – mostly middle Europe fairy tales – and re-wrote them with feminist endings. So there’s no rescue by some guy on a white horse. … Instead, these women find new identities for each other and themselves.”

In “Witch,” Irish writer Donoghue – most famous for her bestselling novel “Room,” which was adapted into an Oscar-nominated film – reimagines the familiar stories of Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Snow White, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, Hansel and Gretel, and Rumpelstilskin.

“What’s great is, with each one, you think you know where it’s going, but it’s not going there at all,” said Smith. And in this #metoo moment, the show’s production team is almost entirely made up of women. READ THE REST HERE


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