Dark of the Moon, a supernatural romance based on the folktale of Barbara Allen and the Witch Boy, was a hit in its original Off-Broadway run in 1970. Howard Richardson and William Berney's play with music arrives at Los Angeles' Ruby Theatre Sept. 14-Oct. 21. Scott Tracy Griffin and Rosalyn Grossman direct.
Set in a remote Smokey Mountains farming community, Dark of the Moon is the story of Barbara Allen, a young woman who seduces all her prospective mates, looking fruitlessly for the true love of her life. She finds him in John, but there's a catch - he's a witch boy, a non-human supernatural creature. He agrees to give up his powers for her, but they must stay faithful to one another for one year or else he will revert back to his old form. While Barbara loves him and he, her, their life together is threatened by the Christian community around them, who want to destroy the wicked witch boy. Dark of the Moon includes well known traditional tunes like "Down in the Valley," "Old Time Religion" and "The Ballad of Barbara Allen."
Griffin stars as John the Witch Boy with Cindy Conway as Barbara. Also in the cast are Amanda Bowen, Cindy Clark, Jon Cope, Evelyn Deveraux, Christopher Gill, Lisi Gordon, Ben Graney, Rob Greer, Joel King, Marcia Loring, Eddie O'Brien, Beau Puckett, Thomas Santiago, Rachel Schneider, Maureen Singh, Bob Susnow and George T. Woods.
Tickets are $18. The Ruby Theater at the Complex is located at 6476 Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood. For reservations, call (310) 289-2999. Dark of the Moon is on the web at http://www.darkofthemoon.la.
— By Christine Ehren