by Caryl Churchill
directed by Jen Rowe
Set in the 17th century, Vinegar Tom centers on a story of women in a rural town during the witch trials. Alice sleeps with a man she does not know. Her mother Joan owns an old cat, and curses when her neighbors are cruel to her. Betty does not want to marry the man she is supposed to. Susan doesn’t want to be pregnant. Born out of the women's rights movement of the '60s and '70s, this play with music is a direct response to the uncompromising systems of patriarchy. Steeped in a landscape of pride, poverty and prejudice the question persists - what makes a witch?
Vinegar Tom will be performed at The Hallowed Halls in SE Portland. This recording studio was originally a library, then a women’s health clinic and is on the National Historic Register. We believe this space has the perfect alchemy for this part song/part story spectacle of a play.