Responding to Witchcraft
by Dr. Louis Patrick Leroux
Co-director of the Concordia Theatre Department’s Witchcraft and Principal Investigator/Artistic Director of “Hypertext and Performance: A Resonant Response to Joanna Baillie’s Witchcraft” (2009-12).
(Photos/video stills credit: Nika Khanjani, directed by Louis Patrick Leroux and Cristina Iovita.)
First, there was the call. The Invitation: “We’ve been told that you’re a dynamic research-creation fellow who gets things done.”
-Yes, I guess, but I’m really taken with other projects right now.
- Might you be interested in staging an obscure romantic play by a neglected Scottish playwright who was once considered her era’s Shakespeare.
- You could film the scenes and integrate them onto our hypertext website, for study.
- No. Really. Filmed theatre never works.
- You could figure out what works. We want to see it staged, we want to engage with it as a performance object.
- Well, I don’t know, maybe. Is it any good?
- Closet drama. A bit difficult. Scottish dialect. Great parts for women actors. A bit of everything: it’s called a tragedy but it’s really a melodrama with funny parts…