Be careful what you wish for… Follow our fairy tale characters into the woods for an epic romp, both gripping and funny, enchanting and real.
The story follows The Baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to go the King’s Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give some milk. When the Baker and his wife are visited by the neighborhood witch, who reveals to them that she placed a curse on their family, the two set off on a journey into the woods to break the curse. They encounter Little Red, who is trying to visit her grandmother, the Wolf who loves tasty little girls, the Witch’s daughter Rapunzel, and the Princes chasing after their loves. Everyone gets their wish and will seemingly live happily ever after, but the consequences of their actions haunt them in disastrous ways and sacrifices must be made. The community must come together to save each other and their kingdom.
INTO THE WOODS twists classic fairy tales into a timeless parable of family, community, and consequence. The Tony Award-winning book and score of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Brothers Grimm inspired musical will move and surprise you.
Why this season?
ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE – A feel-good familiar favorite with great storytelling and music,
WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT – A story told unlike anything you’ve seen before, that’s hard to even describe, and that I’m not allowed to talk about,
TRIANGLE – a new musical that you’ve never heard of that’s made me weep in every step of its development since I first saw it at the O’Neil Center a decade ago,
INTO THE WOODS – An old, but dark, favorite with surprising new relevance.
These shows are all about connection, connecting across long distances, whether through the letters Patsy Cline wrote to her friend, or through the words of a young playwright not allowed to leave the Islamic Republic, or through resonating events uncovered across a century-old mystery of a place, or through a journey into a dark wood “to find the thing that makes it worth the journeying”, all these characters are reaching for connections in the only ways available to them.
I hope that by attending our season, you will connect too, not only with the stories we tell, but with each other in the kind of communal experience that is so special to theatre, renewing and expanding your connections to community, empathy, and humanity, and resonating in your own life.
So join us, laugh with us, feel with us, and share the experience of these stories. Thank you for being part of the journey of building Free Range Humans.
Producing Artistic Director
“The exhilarating and touching friendship that Walsh, as Cline, and Lawhead, as Louise, develop throughout the production is the true heart of the performance. Every instance of their bonded togetherness feels authentic through and through, and its these moments, sometimes in silly little off-handed comments between one another, that really give the show a sense of depth, without forcing the show to wallow in something gooey or overly sentimental…It’s a feel-good, clap-your-hands-n-stomp-your-feet, wonderful performance that will appeal to fans of Patsy Cline, those who’ve never heard of her, and theatre lovers everywhere.” [read more]