Adapted from her book of thirteen revisionist fairy tales of the same name, this play interweaves four classic plots - Beauty and the Beast, Donkeyskin, the Goose Girl, the Little Mermaid - with an invented one about a desperate girl going to a witch for help. Kissing the Witch finds the gritty in the fantastical, and excavates magic to find what's really going on.
It appears in Emma Donoghue: Selected Plays (Oberon Books, 2015).
'From Page to Stage in Style', Bay Area Reporter (San Francisco), 8 June 2000
Steven Winn, ‘Magic’s ‘Witch’ Spells Out Women’s Hard Journeys: Emma Donoghue’s Reworked Fairy Tales Are Enchanting,’ http://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/article/Magic-s-Witch-Spells-Out-Wom...
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