City Theatre ends its 2012-2013 season with Abigail/1702, a juicy sequel about The Crucible’s scandalous stage legend, Abigail Williams.
Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and directed by Tracy Brigden, Abigail/1702 runs on City Theatre’s mainstage from May 4 - 26.
Whatever happened to Abigail Williams? It’s 1702, a decade after The Crucible’s infamous seductress danced with the devil in Salem. Now, the devil returns for a visit, the blood on the gallows is dry, and Abigail hides behind a changed name in a new town. Imagining the destiny of the immortal stage villain who cried “Witch!,” this suspenseful drama reveals the accuser’s unforeseen fate.
“In 2007, we produced Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s The Muckle Man, a riveting thriller that introduced Pittsburgh audiences to Roberto’s supernatural sensibility,” says Ms. Brigden, City Theatre’s artistic director. “His work effortlessly flirts with the dark side, and his new play Abigail/1702 is a rich drama that boldly imagines what happens to Arthur Miller’s fiery troublemaker Abigail Williams ten years after the Salem witch trials.
“The Crucible includes a footnote, alluding to a legend that Abigail became a prostitute in Boston after fleeing from Salem. Roberto’s version takes Abigail—and audiences—in a new direction. The devil comes to town, and, as you can imagine, the plot gets pretty juicy from there.”
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama. His plays include: Doctor Cerberus at the South Coast Rep, LA Theatre Works; an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray at the Roundhouse Theatre; King of Shadows at The Working Theatre; Good Boys and True at Steppenwolf, 2econd Stage Theatre, the O’Neill; Based on a Totally True Story at MTC.
Also, The Mystery Plays at 2econd Stage, Yale Rep, Kennedy Center Fund for New a.m.erican Plays Award; The Velvet Sky at Woolly Mammoth Theatre; The Muckle Man at City Theatre; Dark Matters at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, the O’Neill; Rough Magic at Hangar Theatre; The Weird at Dad’s Garage Theatre; and the GLAAD Media Award-nominated comedies, Golden Age and Say You Love Satan.
Upcoming projects include: The Dracula Cycle at Dallas Theatre Center and a musical adaption of Bret Easton Ellis’s controversial satire a.m.erican Psycho. He is the co-book writer of Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark on Broadway, and he wrote a new book for the classic musical It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Superman!
In addition to his playwriting, Mr. Aguirre-Sacasa is a writer on the Golden Globe-winning FOX comedy “Glee,” and is also known for his work for Marvel Comics and the Emmy-nominated HBO series “Big Love.”
Abigail/1702 features Diane Davis, John Feltch, Deirdre Madigan (A Marriage Minuet, City Theatre, 2008), Zachary Spicer, Kylan Bjornson, and Nels Bjornson.
Tickets are available at the City Theatre Box Office, 1300 Bingham Street; 412-431-CITY (2489); or citytheatrecompany.org.