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By Kat Sandler
Subjects: Ontario Playwrights, Women Writers, Comedy, Feminist Theatre
Casting: 2 f, 1 m
Duration: 125 minutes
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9780369101655, 168 pages, January 2023
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780369101679, January 2023
Ebook (PDF) : 9780369101662, January 2023


  • Nominated, Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play 2020


She’s more than just a wicked old witch. Baba Yaga is a legend, usually known as that elderly woman who lives alone in the woods and grinds the bones of the wicked. But what if she was actually a sexy, smart, modern woman operating off of morally ambiguous motives? 

A detective finds himself in a small, isolated town asking, what does the disappearance of the young heir to a yogurt empire have to do with some random lore about an old witch? Matched by an apprehensive local sheriff, a university professor with a taste for younger men, and a whole cast of curious characters, the Slavic myth of Baba Yaga twists into a new labyrinth of secret lives, ancient magic, and multiple suspects. 

This genre-bending comedic fairy tale meets thrilling whodunit gives voice to an antihero of epic proportions while interrogating how her story has historically been told by men. From now on, you’ll remember the name Baba Yaga for the right reasons.


“Sandler has triumphantly reclaimed the evil-woman myth. Move over, Wicked and Maleficent,
and welcome Yaga to the sisterhood.”

- Martin Morrow, The Globe and Mail

“Kat Sandler has taken a folk tale and made it her own”

- Lynn Slotkin, The Slotkin Letter

“This one will get people talking.”

- Karen Fricker, Toronto Star

“Though we may have other stories about Ukraine and bad men lighting up the world stage these days, this one’s much more fun.”

- Ilana Lucas, Mooney on Theatre