Written by Caryl Churchill
This early play with music by British playwright Caryl Churchill explores gender and power through the
lens of the English witch hysteria of the 16th and 17th century. Set in a rural village, Vinegar Tom, tells
the story of Alice and her mother, Joan. Both women, living outside the "establishment," are accused of
witchcraft after an altercation with their neighbors and are ultimately brought to trial. Vinegar Tom
examines societies fear of female sexuality and the need to blame those living outside of the norms set by
the ruling class - the "other" - for personal misfortune. In our current political climate, this play rings
startlingly true and still speaks of and to our times.
To gain entrance to the show, please bring your printed EVENTBRITE ticket confirmation at least 15 minutes
before curtain to the Box Office located in the lobby on the 3rd floor of the California Institute of the Arts
campus near the main gallery and the switchboard.
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In the event this production is reserved to capacity additional tickets may become available during RUSH at
the CalArts Box Office on the day of the event.
The RUSH list begins 90 minutes prior to curtain at the CalArts Box Office.