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Kissing the Witch (2000). 

My third full-length play, an adaptation of five of the thirteen stories from my fairy-tale book of the same name (1997), was commissioned by San Francisco's Magic Theatre. 

Cast: three women, one man.


Kissing the Witch at the Magic Theatre, photo (c) Thor Swift, 2000


Kissing the Witch is published in Emma Donoghue: Selected Plays (London: Oberon Books, 2015).



Magic Theatre, San Francisco, directed by Kent Nicholson, 2-25 June 2000. (World Premiere)

University of Akron, Ohio, directed by Rebecca P. Vojanov, 2000.

HAG Theatre, Buffalo, directed by Margaret Smith, 9-24 February 2001.

Suisun Harbor Theatre, California, directed by Jackie S. Hill, produced by SCT, 14-23 June 2001.

Buddies in Bad Times, Toronto, directed by Elley Ray Hennessy, produced by Wicked Women Co-op (BANG! Productions), 14-31 March 2002. (Canadian Premiere)

Access Theatre, NYC, directed by Marcus Geduld, Folding Chair theatre, 4-28 October 2012. (NYC Premiere)

Ubiquitous Theater, Ypsilanti Michigan, April 19-21 2018.

The Corps Ensemble, Dublin, 29 October - 9 November 2019 (European Premiere).

Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington, 2-4 March 2023.

Corrib Theatre, Portland, Oregon, June 2022.

University of Adelaide Theatre Guild, 10-20 August 2023.


 Poster, Folding Chair Theatre, 2012


'Clever entertainments... Donoghue's sheer psychological intelligence and inventive language takes centre stage... The show captures the celebratory and riotous, fun aspects of feminism.' - Irish Independent

'Women's lives flow together in Donoghue's fantasia. ... The glittering blade of Donoghue's language remains the show's strongest instrument. Smart, cynical aphorisms glitter brightly; so do innocent bits of wonder.' - SFgate.com



'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-Women-s-Hard-Journeys-3239137.php

 Katy Hayes, 'Kissing the Witch: Stylish Production Makes Feminist Fairytales a Lot of Fun', Irish Independent, 2 November 2019.