The Night Witches

FULL LENGTH (approximately 80 minutes): The Night Witches, of the 588th Night Bomber Regiment, flew in planes made of canvas and wood, and dropped their bombs on their German enemy every fifteen minutes through the night to keep them from sleeping. They were constantly being shuffled and moved to perform new duties; mechanics would become navigators, navigators would become pilots, and pilots would become...
FULL LENGTH (approximately 80 minutes): The Night Witches, of the 588th Night Bomber Regiment, flew in planes made of canvas and wood, and dropped their bombs on their German enemy every fifteen minutes through the night to keep them from sleeping. They were constantly being shuffled and moved to perform new duties; mechanics would become navigators, navigators would become pilots, and pilots would become commanders. Nina and Vera have just finished their training as navigators and are moments away from their first combat mission. As they fight their nerves, the women around them use different means of bolstering their spirits, some more successfully than others. But when the time comes, ready or not, to the sky they must go. However, tonight is different than any night they’ve faced before; their enemy has employed a new tactic taking them completely by surprise. Using movement, song, and lyrically styled dialogue we follow these brave women through one fateful evening during the war.

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*Both of the shorter versions of the play have a smaller cast of 9.
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The Night Witches

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  • Donna Gordon:
    24 Dec. 2019
    An unusual subject is covered in a clever and convincing manner. Choosing to talk about Russian women pilots is not something the average playwright could handle. But that's not Bublitz. She tackles the subject with a knowledge of Russian women, who value physical strength, and a knowledge of flying something like a glider. Into enemy territory, no less. The adventure was palpable and the camaraderie enough to impress the marines. The poetic touch works as much as everything else. Would love to see this anywhere.
  • Jackie Martin:
    25 Aug. 2019
    The characters in "The Night Witches" jump right off the page. The writing is clear and strong, the story intense and engaging, the dialogue both realistic and poetic. As it's an ensemble piece for 9 women, I would (and recently did!) especially recommend it to any high school or college theater director who finds themselves with a group of strong young women ready to take on an exciting new script. "Tonight you will fly" might just be my new affirmation.
  • Melissa Leilani Larson:
    19 Aug. 2019
    I had the chance to see the premiere of THE NIGHT WITCHES and was not disappointed. The story is intense and important, the setting unique, the characters rich. It's very much an ensemble piece—roles for 9 women!—and that's one of its greatest strengths. I love that there is no singular protagonist; what the Night Witches accomplished is an incredible example of teamwork, both on and off stage. Women's stories, theatricality, and a hauntingly beautiful song to tie it all together. Great stuff.

Character Information

  • Vera
    late teens- early twenties,
    Female
    Newly trained to be a navigator, formerly worked as a mechanic. Russian.
  • Nina
    late teens- early twenties,
    Female
    Newly trained to be a navigator, formerly worked as a mechanic. Russian.
  • Tatyana
    late teens- early twenties,
    Female
    Captain. Sings. Russian.
  • Serafima
    late teens- early twenties,
    Female
    Captain. Russian.
  • Irina
    late teens- early twenties,
    Female
    Captain. Russian.
  • Alexandra
    late teens- early twenties,
    Female
    Navigator. Russian.
  • Polina
    twenties,
    Female
    Deputy Commander. Russian.
  • Raisa
    late teens- early twenties,
    Female
    Head mechanic. Russian.
  • Zoya
    twenties to thirties,
    Female
    Commander. Russian.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Egyptian Youtheatre
    ,
    2019
  • Workshop
    ,
    Egyptian Youtheatre
    ,
    2019
  • Commission
    ,
    Egyptian Youtheatre
    ,
    2018

Production History

  • Professional
    ,
    Egyptian YouTheatre
    ,
    2020
  • High School
    ,
    Anoka High School
    ,
    2020
  • University
    ,
    University of Utah
    ,
    2020
  • Professional
    ,
    Egyptian Youtheatre
    ,
    2019

Awards

Audience Choice Award
,
Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival
,
2019