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Play Benefits Women’s Studies Program

BOONE–“Witchwork” will be presented April 19 and 20 at 8 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Blue Ridge Ballroom at Appalachian State University.

The play is about women in England and Ireland between the 14th and 17th centuries who were feared by the church and government. Some were killed for their beliefs and practices, while others survived. The survivors’ stories are told in the play written by Dr. Georgia Rhoades, an associate professor in Appalachian’s Department of English.

The play is presented by Black Sheep Theatre and Appalachian’s Women’s Studies Program. Cast members are Dennis Bohr, Sarah Carpenter, Emily Ferguson, Cassidy Maier, Kirstin Schreiber and Rhoades. The play is directed by Mary Anne Maier.

Admission is free, but donations can be made to the Maggie McFadden Development Fund in Women’s Studies. The play contains adult themes and language.

Rhoades spent two years researching some of the famous women in English and Irish history. They include Mother Shipton, a prophetess from Yorkshire, England; Grace O’Malley, the pirate queen of Ireland; and Liban, an Irish mermaid.

Rhodes bases her play on historical records, but takes license in imagining what the women’s lives were like and what they might have said.