Full Length Play
Fables/Folktales, Parody / Spoof
60 minutes (1 hour)
Time Period - Contemporary
Settings Of Play - All scenes can be played on a bare stage. Several black boxes of various sizes can be rearranged quickly between scenes to suggest the "setting" or "furniture" called for. It is recommended that lively music (like Scott Joplin) be played before the show and between scenes as the set is changed.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Local Celebrity Cameo, No intermission
Bare Stage/Simple Set
No Special Cautions
Adult, Senior, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)
Jr High/Primary, High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups, Church / Religious Groups
Not So Grim Fairy Tales is a feminist satire in five scenes featuring an all-female cast, to be performed together in a full evening of theatre. In “Snow White and the Anti-Freeze,” Snow White’s Mother tries to persuade her daughter to abandon keeping house for the seven dwarfs and join her in a witches’ commune. In “Little Red and the Big Bad She-Wolf,” Little Red, a business major at Harvard, is invited by Mae Wolf to quit school and get a start in the service-selling business—in spite of opposition from Granny, who turns out to be Mae’s senior partner. In “Bumble Stiltskin and the Baby Business,” Rumple Stiltskin’s practical and put-upon wife implores the Queen to keep her royal baby and offers to set up a Day Care Center if she can be assured of government support. In “Jack and the Marijuana Stalk,” the Giant’s Wife and Daughter pay a visit to Jack’s Mother in the hope of recouping the hen and the singing harp. In “Cinderella and the Ever-After Life,” Cinderella, a Ph.D. candidate, is pressured by her Godmother and Stepsisters to give up the life of an academic bum, but holds out against the Prince—a dynamite band leader—because she wants to live happily ever after.
Goucher College, Baltimore, MD, 1977