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Professor's latest award-winning play 'Broomstick' selected for festival

November 1, 2013

“Broomstick,” the latest play by Loyola University New Orleans professor John Biguenet telling the story of a confessing witch in rhymed iambic pentameter, was selected for PlayFest at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater Nov. 8-10. The three-day festival showcases new plays and features panel discussions from directors and playwrights.

The play will run at noon Sunday, Nov. 10 during the festival. Biguenet, the Robert Hunter Distinguished Professor at Loyola, will also speak during a PlayFest panel Nov. 10 on the process and challenges of writing a play.

Biguenet’s “Broomstick” tells the story of a witch who tells all: her first love affair, how she discovered her powers and how she has used them. Set in an isolated cabin in the woods, the tale of this witch wrestles with good and evil—but in her world justice is dealt swiftly and harshly. In “Broomstick,” whiners end up in casseroles.

“Broomstick” is already garnering rave reviews. “A must-see … John Biguenet’s hit play, ‘Broomstick,’ sweeps away the dust that lies on the path between fantasy and reality (and) is so seamless, its 90 minutes fly by,” according to Broadway World.

TriCity News said the play “doesn’t settle for just entertaining … the show shocks with moments of unexpected insight … Biguenet’s writing (is) so skillful that you might not even realize the play was written in verse until you’re already 15 or 20 minutes into it.”

The play also won the National New Play Network’s Continued Life of New Plays award, which helps underwrite a play with premiere productions already under contract at theaters nationwide. After playing at the New Jersey Repertory Company in Long Branch, N.J., in September and October, “Broomstick” will run at Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey in Madison, Jan. 9-26, 2014; Southern Rep in New Orleans June, August and October 2014; and Montana Repertory Theatre in Missoula, Sept. 10-27, 2014.

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