The Witches' Tower

Synopsis: 17th Century. Germany. Four Women, shunned and hunted by villagers, are imprisoned in a tower for witchcraft. As they await their fate and battle their demons, an Old Crow perched in the rafters keeps a watchful eye.
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The Witches' Tower

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  • David Hansen:
    8 Apr. 2018
    New Orleans playwright James Bartelle spins an original, compact and compelling tale of persecuted witches in a classic, lyric style. We are left to imagine whether the accused are truly servants of a malevolent power, or if their only crime is that of being women, punished for actions inherent in the human condition, actions for which no man in their time, or ours, would receive comparable treatment. Bartelle has a way with repetition which is poetic, the condemned women's ruminations either actual spells, or an expression of madness imposed through institutionalized oppression. A powerful period piece reflecting our modern moment.