history_of_the_devil_postcard_front_largeBy Clive Barker

Directed by Jeffrey Hoffman

Oct. 3 – Nov. 8, 2008 Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 pm

A special matinee performance on Sunday, October 19 at 2:00 pm

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Clive Barker’s THE HISTORY OF THE DEVIL – a story of redemption, compassion and fear – takes place at The Devil’s parole hearing, where audiences sit in as jurors and are transported back in time via vignettes of testimony that illustrate The Devil’s actions throughout history. Frequently fantastic, often grotesque, and chock full of wry humor in true Clive Barker style, this show’s ambitious scope and staging will highlight Ragged Wing Ensemble’s distinctive work in the Bay Area as a physical theater company that creates physically adventurous and visually stimulating work.

In THE HISTORY OF THE DEVIL, the prosecution argues that The Devil’s presence on Earth has had a disastrous effect on mankind, whereas the defense counters that The Devil is – and always has been – man’s greatest scapegoat. Legal arguments aside however, The Devil demands that he be found innocent of sins against humankind and be released back into Heaven. Throughout the play, as we examine how the modern world views the archetypal battle between good and evil, we are faced with many core questions: Has The Devil wreaked havoc on Earth or has he simply been an innocent observer of the human condition all these thousands of years? Does any being, no matter how terrifying it may seem, deserve an eternity of suffering? Does The Devil deserve Paradise ?

The show has been
extended through Nov 8

Oct. 3 – Nov. 8, 2008

Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 pm
A special matinee performance on Sunday, October 19 at 2:00 pm

Central Stage
5221 Central Avenue
Richmond, CA 94804
Tickets are $30 – $15 sliding scale.
Tickets are available by calling 800-838-3006 or click here to purchase online.
Student discount (5 or more) – $10.

“…clever and insightful.”
– Daily Cal

“…excellent, often delightfully funny.”
– Berkeley Daily Planet

“Ragged Wing is one of those local independent companies always worth seeing.”
– Berkeley Daily Planet

“…remarkably inventive.”
– East Bay Express


Sora Baek
El Beh
Fiona Cheung
Kevin Copps
Keith C. Davis*
Ara Glenn-Johanson
Gary Grossman
Erin Maxon
Amy Penney
Davern Wright

Anna Kennard
Hillary Milton
Jeffrey Hoffman*

Set Designer: Plamena Milusheva
Lighting Designer: Joey Brennan
Costume Designer: Joui Turandot
Puppet/Mask Designer: Ragged Wing Ensemble
Choreographer: Amy Sass*
Producer: Anna Shneiderman*
Asst. Producer: Ashley Porciuncula
Poster Design: Aidan Fraser
Poster Illustration: Amy Sass*
Stage Manager: Travis Van Oosbre