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Written on verso: "1961-10." Photograph shows Speech and Drama department students performing the play "Dark of the Moon." Dark of the Moon is a dramatic stage play in the vein of Romeo and Juliet set in the Appalachian Mountains. The play centers around the character of John, a witch boy who seeks to become human after falling in love with a human girl, Barbara Allen. Originally written by Howard Richardson in 1939 as a dramatization of the folk song, "The Ballad of Barbara Allen."