Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Tales of Women Wandering on the Dark Side at Salem Theatre Company

Beginning September 30, the Salem Theatre Company will welcome nationally acclaimed storyteller Judith Black to the stage. Scorching a path from local history and hysteria to contemporary hilarity and hysterics, Black will explore the power of female hungers and relationships - both here and in the hereafter - in her show, Bittersweet Midnight.

Bittersweet Midnight begins by transporting audiences back to a time when the Calvinists caused havoc on the land while the ocean’s healing power offered an alternative type of faith to Marbleheaders. Featured in this piece is the music of Betsy Rose and musicianship of Vince O’Donnell of Newton, and Bill Smith of Salem, whose considerable skills bring a startling depth of texture to this tale.

Black's unique program then leaps to the lighter side of contemporary female appetites. Themes include sublimated sexual passions, compulsive relationships with food, and the endless attempts to get mom's approval (even postmortem); round up all the usual suspects that live in a woman's psyche!


The Salem Theatre Company will donate 50% of their Box Office receipts for the opening night performance of Bittersweet Midnight to HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change). HAWC’s mission is to create social change by taking action against personal and societal patterns of violence and oppression. HAWC provides services and support to victims of domestic violence residing in 23 cities and towns on Massachusetts' North Shore in order that they may make informed, independent decisions about their futures.

This special performance will be followed by a reception in the theatre. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased online at, or reserved by calling 978-790-8546 or e-mailing


Bittersweet Midnight
is directed by John Fogle and runs September 30 through October 16 at the STC Theater at 90 Lafayette Street in Salem. Performance times are Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30pm; Sundays at 3:00pm. Adults tickets are $22, senior tickets (60+) are $18, and student tickets are $12; tickets may be purchased online now at Tickets may also be reserved for pick-up at the box office on the day of show, by calling 978-792-8546 or e-mailing

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