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Anna Pieri as Janet Horne in The Last Witch
Set in northern Scotland in 1727, The Last Witch is based on the historical account of Janet Horne, the last person to be legally tried and executed for witchcraft in the British Isles. After being scorned and ridiculed, the eccentric widow (played by Anna Pieri) chooses to capitalize on the circulating rumors that she possesses supernatural abilities. The community’s growing fear places the lives of Janet and her teenage daughter Helen (Melanie Sheahan) at risk. Written by Rona Munro and directed by Ray Paolino, UGA Theatre’s production draws parallels to the demonization of powerful women within patriarchal culture.
UGA Theatre presents Rona Munro's tale based on the true story of the last woman legally executed for witchcraft in England. See Calendar Pick on p. 14.