The Night Witches

ONE ACT: The first women to fly in combat flew for Russia during the second world war, they were known as the Night Witches. They flew in planes made of canvas and wood, and dropped their bombs on their German enemy every fifteen minutes during the night to keep them from sleeping. Using movement, song, and lyrically styled dialogue we follow these brave women through one evening during the war.
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The Night Witches

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  • 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.
  • Emma Goldman-Sherman:
    18 Aug. 2019
    This is a marvelously well-written dramatic piece that shows how the Night Witches - the female airplane pilots who fought for Russia - flew missions to bomb Germany during WWII. It is intense and wonderfully paced. Beautiful ensemble work - it would be great to see staged!

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
    ,
    2019

Awards

Audience Choice Award
,
Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival
,
2019