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(L) Maura Tierney, photo by John Russo; (R) Vella Lovell, photo by Ryan West

Maura Tierney Vella Lovell join the cast of "Witch" at the Geffen Playhouse

May 30, 2019 —The Geffen Playhouse welcomes two new cast members for Witch, premiering this August to kick off the 2019/2020 season. Maura Tierney (ER, The Affair) will play the part of Elizabeth (the “Witch”), and Vella Lovell (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Significant Other) will play Winnifred, the wry servant at Sir Arthur Bank’s estate. Simon Helberg (The Big Bang Theory) has already been cast as Cuddy, the painfully shy but jealous son of Sir Arthur.

This fiendishly funny new play by Jen Silverman (The Roommate, Collective Rage: A Play in Five Betties) was recently presented at the Writers Theatre in Chicago. A charming devil arrives in the quiet village of Edmonton to bargain for the souls of its residents in exchange for their darkest wishes. Elizabeth should be his easiest target, having been labeled a “witch” and cast out by the town, but her soul is not so readily bought. An inventive retelling of a Jacobean drama, this sharp, subversive fable debates how much our souls are worth when hope is hard to come by.

Marti Lyons (Botticelli in the Fire, How to Defend Yourself) will direct the dark comedy at the Geffen Playhouse in the intimate Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater beginning August 20.

Single tickets on sale in July. (Sign up for pre-sale notifications HERE.)

AUG 20 — SEP 29, 2019
Written by Jen Silverman
Inspired by The Witch of Edmonton by Rowley, Dekker & Ford
Directed by Marti Lyons

More information at www.geffenplayhouse.org


Golden Globe winning actress Maura Tierney currently stars on the Golden Globe winning Showtime series The Affair. She is also known for her Emmy nominated role on the top-rated NBC series ER of which she starred for 8 seasons. Prior to joining the cast of ER, Tierney spent four years on the critically acclaimed NBC series Newsradio. Tierney’s feature credits include Universal’s Baby Mama with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, New Line Cinema’s comedy Semi-Pro, Magnolia Pictures’ Diggers, Twentieth Century Fox’s comedy Welcome to Mooseport, Instinct, and Nature Calls with Patton Oswalt and Johnny Knoxville.


Vella Lovell is best known for her starring role as sarcastic voice of reason, Heather Davis, on four seasons of the critically acclaimed series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. In addition to the CW series, the actress currently lends her voice to the popular reboot of the 80’s cartoon series She-Ra and the Princesses of Power streaming now on Netflix. Additional television credits include HBO’s Girls and TV Land’s Younger. Lovell can also be seen in the Academy Award-nominated film The Big Sick, The Christmas Chronicles and The Speed of Life. Theater: Significant Other at Geffen Playhouse, Amy Herzog’s Mary Jane at Yale Repertory Theatre, The Bacchae at The Delacorte Theater, Kaspar Hauser at The Flea Theater, Streetcar Named Desire at Williamstown Theatre Festival. Graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and The Juilliard School.

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