Other Plays by Kico Gonzalez-Risso
Gonzalez-Risso, Kico (Canadian playwright, director-translator, 19__-____), “Witchcraft,”
a 55-minute drama in English, set in a forest at a spot named Satan’s Temple, early evening,
© 1989 by Kico Gonzalez-Risso;
• in Kico Gonzalez-Risso’s Three Plays by Kico Gonzalez-Risso (Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Playwrights Union of Canada, 200_);
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Toronto, Ontario M5T 2C7, Canada, e-mail email@example.com, telephone 416-703-0201, fax 416-703-0059.
• Cited by Kico Gonzalez-Risso via ftp June 14, 2002.
Springer (m), 55, mayor; Kramer (m), 55, a reverend; Hopkins (m), 35, _____; Aradia (f), 35, a witch.
"The Reverend Kramer's wife, Diane, has left him, much to his shame. Hopkins, the local reporter and would-be poet, has suddenly lost his new lover, Dione. Mayor Springer seems to be covering up a scandal of sorts at City Hall. He has been involved with the town prostitute, Dinah, and their liaison has led to the break-up of his marriage. Added to these events is the suspicious fire at City Hall where the remains of a woman's body were found. The Reverend's wife? The poet's lover? The prostitute? The Mayor's wife? No one seems to know for sure, but each man is terrified that if there is an investigation, his most precious secret will be revealed. What follows is a confrontation in the forest - at a spot named Satan's Temple - where the three men stumble across a woman, Aradia, performing her witch's ceremony. They each claim to know Aradia but cannot agree on who the woman is. Aradia herself thinks the three of them are crazy, or that they must be caught up in a case of mistaken identity. In a bizarre ritual, the grim secrets of the men are unveiled before Aradia as she finally understands the mystery of her power."--Witchcraft, http://www3.telus.net/kigori/Witch.htm, accessed January 7, 2009.
“Somewhere in the forest—at a clearing named Satan’s Temple—the Lady performs her sacred ceremony. Suddenly a group of mysterious visitors invade her hallowed domain. Distressed, they seek to destroy the source of their dilemma. Having stumbled across Aradia performing her witching ceremony, they confront her. They each claim to know her but disagree on who she is. The grim secrets of the men emerge before Aradia in a bizarre ritual, as she finally understands the mystery of her power. ‘And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.’
• “‘Witchcraft’ is a ritual, a murder mystery, a very macabre tragi-comedy that explores the secret fears of men. Though set in modern times, it is based on historical events and is not a ‘Satanist’ play, nor has it anything to do with black magic.
• “‘Witchcraft’ requires a very simple set—a clearing in a forest. Candles lit during the play supply lighting.
• “‘Witchcraft’ had its first Equity production at the Vancouver Fringe Festival."
• "Directing credits include THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, TWELFTH NIGHT, AS YOU LIKE IT; Moliere's DOM JUAN; Feydeau's 13 RUE DE L'AMOUR; Calderon's LIFE IS A DREAM and Lorca's THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA. He also directed Mozart's THE MAGIC FLUTE for Western Washington University and Menotti's THE TELEPHONE for Northwest Opera. In 1994 Kico directed his translation of Lope de Vega's classic comedy DOG IN THE MANGER for the International Siglo de Oro (Golden Age) Theatre Festival in El Paso, Texas. Last season Kico's English version of THE MAGIC FLUTE was broadcast on CBC's SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT THE OPERA. He also directed his play, HARP & SOLO (a monologue featuring acclaimed harpist Rita Costanzi) for Vancouver's prestigious Music in the Morning series. He is the lyricist for the world beat band, OLAM (CD, Foreign Dreams). Other directing credits include Bizet's DOCTOR MIRACLE and Menotti's THE TELEPHONE for Opera Breve, and his translation of Donizetti's DON PASQUALE for Burnaby Lyric Opera. He also directed COSI FAN TUTTE for Portland State University Opera. Other projects include directing Benjamin Britten's CURLEW RIVER for Festival Vancouver, writing a new English version of Lope's DOG IN THE MANGER, directing Peter Maxwell Davies' EIGHT SONGS FOR A MAD KING for the Helikon Ensemble, and composing the lyrics for a song cycle called O,SISTER which was broadcast on CBC's Debut Performance series. Last season Kico wrote and directed three shows for Festival Vancouver's SONG CIRCLE CAFE, and wrote two Radio Cabaret Musicals, GHOSTS IN LOVE, and THE CASE OF THE MISSING HUSBAND. In April 2004 the chamber opera BRUSH which he wrote with composer Koji Nakano will be premiered in Toronto by Tapestry New Opera Works. Kico was recently the recipient of an Opera Creation Award from Opera Canada. "--Kico Gonzalez-Risso, http://www3.telus.net/kigori/KGRbio.html, accessed January 7, 2009.
• Page mounted June 19, 2002, and updated June 25, 2002, May 13, 3004, December 20, 2008, January 7, 2009, by the Webmaster.
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