A Witch’s Brew
Pielmeier, John (American playwright actor, television scriptwriter, 19__-____) “A Witch’s Brew,”
a __-minute dramatic thriller in English, set in the darkened basement of a remote farmhouse, 1984,
© 1984 by John Pielmeier;
• in John Pielmeier’s Haunted Lives: Three Short Plays, acting edition (New York: Dramatists Play Service, 1984), ISBN 0-8222-0503-3, LCCN 84-178246, DPS 2297, 63 pp., containing “A Ghost Story,” a __-minute drama, 2m1f; “A Gothic Tale,” a __-minute drama, 2m1f; can pair with “Pillow Talk” a ten-minute play, genre unknown;
• script/rights available from Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 440 Park Avenue South, New York City, New York 10016, U.S.A., telephone 212-683-8960, fax 212-213-1539, http://www.dramatists.com.
• Cited in Play Index, 1983-1987: An Index to 3,964 Plays, edited by Juliette Yaakov (____-____) and John Greenfieldt (New York: The H. W. Wilson Company, 1988), ISSN 0554-3037, LCCN 64-1054, 522 pp.
• Also, cited by Allen L. Hubby via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, March 20, 1997; the citation says,
Daed (m), brother to Jule; Jule (f), sister to Daed; Tucker (m), Jule’s boyfriend.
“. . . [I]n the darkened basement of a remote farmhouse, . . . Daed, his sister Jule, and her boyfriend Tucker, nervously explore the macabre secrets of the shallow graves which they believe to be there.
• “Performed in semi-darkness, the play makes eloquent use of the powerful and frightening imagery of words to build to its shocking and terrifying denouement. Casting flexible: each play calls for 2 men, 1 woman; but full program can be cast with 2-6 men, 1-3 women. Designed as an integrated program, these three studies in the eerie and the sinister explore the spine-tingling possibilities of storytelling on stage. Written by the author of the enormously successful Agnes of God, they are, in a sense, ‘ghost plays’ in which the distinction between the natural and the unnatural, the real and the imagined, is deftly challenged with chilling inventiveness and resourceful theatricality. Each play requires a simple interior, but one set can be modified to serve all three.” Research could include another work by Pielmeier that has portions with one-act possibilities: Impassioned Embraces: Pieces of Love and Theatre (New York: Dramatists Play Service, 1989 (New York: Dramatists Play Service, n. d.), LCCN 90-200954.
• “John Pielmeier [acted] at Actors Theater of Louisville, The Guthrie Theater, Milwaukee Rep, Alaska Rep, Baltimore’s Center Stage, and the O’Neill National Playwrights’ Conference. . . . A co-winner of the 1979 Great American Play Contest, Agnes [of God] premiered professionally in March 1980 at Actors Theater of Louisville, followed by several regional productions and a seventeen-month run on Broadway. His other plays include ‘Courage,’ a one-man show about J M Barrie that premiered in Louisville, opened the new theater at the Lambs’ Club in New York City, and has been filmed by Kentucky Educational Television; Jass, presented at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference; Young Rube, a musical comedy (with music and lyrics by Matthew Selman) based on the formative years of cartoonist/inventor Rube Goldberg . . . ; and Willi, a one-man show based on the speeches of mountaineer Willi Unsoeld, presented (and performed by the author) . . . to great critical acclaim . . . . For Choices of the Heart, a television movie . . . about the slain American missionaries in El Salvador, he received a Christopher Award, the Humanitas Award, a Writers Guild of America nomination, and an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from St Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. He has written . . . movies for television, as well as the screenplay for the film Agnes of God (Writers Guild nomination). He is a member of The Dramatists’ Guild, The Writers’ Guild of America East, and an alumni member of New Dramatists. He is a past recipient of an N E A grant and a Shubert fellowship . . . . He . . . resides in Garrison, New York.”—John Pielmeier, http://www.broadwayplaypubl.com/pielmeier.htm, accessed June 29, 2002.
brother-sister, death, grave, sibling relationship.