Carol S. Lashof, cofounder of Those Women Productions and the playwright behind Witch Hunt, speaks with Emily Wilson of Bay Area publication 48Hills. They discuss the history of Those Women Productions, as well as Lashof’s process of researching and writing Witch Hunt, a new drama that examines the Salem witch panic from the perspectives of the real-life figures whose stories have been historically overlooked.
“’We were frustrated trying to get our stories made, so rather than rant and rave we started making our own theater.’”
“‘We keep talking about witch hunts, and every time I pick up the paper, the president is complaining about witch hunts, and we’re arguing about whose truths get to be heard,” Lashof said. “Then in a deeper way the United States government and some people living here are demonizing folks they think don’t belong. Tituba, even though she’d been Christianized and assimilated, would never be accepted into Christian culture and there are clear parallels to what’s happening now with immigrants.’”