Witches Vanish

Claudia Barnett

Witches Vanish

Claudia Barnett

Distributed for Carnegie Mellon University Press

120 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $19.95 ISBN: 9780887486654 Published February 2021
In a series of stylized, highly visual vignettes employing puppetry, poetry, and surrealism, the Weird Sisters from Macbeth explore the stories of women who disappear, whether by choice or force. Inspired by history, astronomy, and Shakespeare, Witches Vanish examines the nature of change and the value of human life.
Review Quotes
Patti Restivo, Baltimore Sun
Inspired by history and legend, Barnett's stunning script conjures the stories of real women and girls gone missing from all over the world, witnessed by the ‘three witches’ from Macbeth. . . . The voices of lost women and girls everywhere have migrated into the light through Barnett's beautiful words.
Amanda N. Gunther, Theatre Bloom
Barnett’s work is striking and raw . . . flooded with imagery both beautiful and haunting, grotesque and serene. This juxtaposition of beauty and garish destruction creates a shockwave of that echoes again and again. . . . A stellar and inspiring new piece of theatre with cultural and gender relevance is being unveiled at Venus Theatre, and this is the moment to see it.
Michael Poandl, DC Metro Theater Arts
Witches Vanish is not a biography of a few missing women. It is not a sentimental call to action against the global phenomenon of missing and displaced persons. Rather, it is a meditation on the idea of disappearance itself. What does it mean for a woman to “vanish” in body or soul? And how do we collectively create the conditions for women to vanish, whether through global capitalist exploitation or sexual objectification, only to appear shocked and appalled when horrible things finally do happen?
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