By Gregory S. Moss (punkplay, House of Gold)
World Premiere (as developed by Studio 42)
“In his gleeful romp Billy Witch, Gregory S. Moss (punkplay) takes familiar ingredients of high school horror — summer camp, a lake, a forest, ghost stories — and hurls them into a whirlwind of comic sexual awakening.” –The New York Times
November 3-17, 2012
EQUITY APPROVED SHOWCASE
FOR MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY – Children under 14 are not permitted
In this quirky, creepy, bawdy comedy, 14-year-old Oliver braves the wilderness to discover change at sleep away camp. Miles away from home, surrounded by pubescent boys and girls, Oliver is not prepared for the life altering transformation he will soon experience. From twisted first sexual encounters, to spooky campfire stories unfolding before his eyes, Oliver’s time at camp is anything but normal.
Billy Witch was first workshopped at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, MA, in 2008, under the direction of Vanessa Gilbert. The play was produced at Northeastern University, Boston, in 2010, directed by Jonathan Carr. A developmental production was produced by Studio 42, directed by Erik Pearson, in early 2012.
This program is supported in part by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
New York play takes audience back to camp – The Brown Daily Herald
Gregory Moss: A Theasy Interview with the Acclaimed Playwright – theasy.com
Billy Witch to Open at APAC – Queens Gazette
“Director Erik Pearson moves the action quickly with clever, crisp scene shifts. The use of the stage was incredible…I never stopped enjoying Billy Witch.” -New York Theatre Review
“Be warned, Billy Witch is a play for adult audiences, those willing to suspend disbelief, and enter a frightening world they thought they’d left behind. It’s a fascinating night of theater though and a wild ride for your money.” -Queens Gazette
“Billy Witch‘s creative team does remarkable work envisioning this magical world; it’s not too far from reality, yet its nuances are distinct and imaginative.” –theasy.com
“Where Billy Witch excels is in one-off scenes that revel in the creepy mythology of camp…Andy Phelan is hilariously deadpan as the camp’s requisite mysterious boy. Is it over the top? Sure. But what is summer camp without some downright campiness?” –Backstage
“Playwright Gregory S. Moss balances many laughs with an examination of different forms of bullying and the strength needed to challenge corrupt authority. Eric Bryant steals the show as Arden, a closeted, horny gay jock thinly veiling his blatant desires by using homophobic insults, while concealing an even more surprising true identity.” –Flavorpill.com