Witness: The Story of Virginia Hill by Mike Broemmel is a full-length, one actor play that chronicles the virtually inconceivable life of a woman named Virginia Hill. The play is structured around her cantankerous appearance before what officially was christened the U.S. Senate Special Committee to Investigate Organized Crime. Using her remarkable appearance before what is better known as the "Kefauver Committee" as the spine of the stage production, the play tells her story from her time walking the streets as a low-priced hooker to becoming the paramour of Ben Siegal (better known as "Bugsy) to herself being christened as the "Queen of the Mob. Perhaps the only quiet moment in the story of Virginia is the discovery of her body two days after her death in a snow-covered Austrian forest, her remains veiled in a thin layer of white ice flakes.
Witness continues an array of plays written by award-winning playwright Mike Broemmel that focus on the lives of women that history has not necessarily provided a sharp or sometimes even fair focus. These plays, in the Iconic Women Theatre Series, include the life stories of Hedy Lamarr, Myrlie Evers, Eva Peron, Ann Boleyn, Helen Bonfils, and Mother Jones. While Witness falls outside of the confines of plays about what are more commendable persons, the story of Virginia Hill warrants -- demands -- a close telling.
In the end, the lives of people remembered as virtous and the lives of people recalled as scandalous are at least partially lived in a more nuanced veil of gray. And such is the story of a girl born in Alabama that left her mark on the Mob in a way never before seen by a person in a dress.