Dark of the Moon
Written by Howard Richardson & William Berney
Directed by J. Daniel Herring
May 1 through 9, 2020
(All performances at 7:30 p.m. except for 2:00 p.m. matinee on May 3rd. No performance May 4th.)
The John Wright Theatre (Speech Arts Building at Fresno State)
About the play:
This perennial favorite is based on the haunting folk ballad of "Barbara Allen." Employing a large cast and imaginative settings in the Smoky Mountains, it recounts the story of John, a strange "witch boy" who upon first beholding the beautiful Barbara Allen immediately falls in love. He is given human form to woo and marry her on the condition that she remain true to him. The marriage is consummated and Barbara gives birth to a witch child whom the townspeople destroy in a superstitious frenzy. During a religious revival Barbara is led to betray John thus breaking their spell of love. As she dies, he returns forever to the world of the mountain witches.