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IN FOLK-TALE TRADITION, NEW SINDERELLA IS BOTH FUNNY AND GROTESQUE
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University Theatres Second Stage series will present Sinderella,
a grimmer-than-Grimm adult version of the classic folk tale, written and directed
by University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts faculty member Ralph Hall.
Performances will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Oct. 30 through
Nov. 2, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, in Theatre B of the UI Theatre Building.
Sinderella is not your typical childrens fairy tale:
It is not approved by Disney, explains Hall, who is the departments
movement specialist. Sinderella is a grotesque comedy that
falls somewhere between tragedy and clowning. Following in the tradition of
early folk tales, characters are pushed towards dark caricature and bizarre
extremes. It is a familiar story that takes a twisted turn into haunted places
where people end up getting what they deserve.
Hall emphasizes that, although his bawdy new version diverges from the romantic
story-line that is familiar through sanitized versions intended for children
-- this time, for example, the fellow in the castle is not the prince of her
dreams -- his Sinderella is actually truer to the tone and content
of the ancient folk tales.
Early folk tales and the grotesque share a natural affinity. In the
Brothers Grimm version, the stepsisters cut off their feet and their eyes
get poked out. Grotesque theater uses distorted images & exaggeration
to turn our skin inside out to expose a raw viewpoint of human experience.
It believes in nothing and makes fun of everything.
While Hall does not want to give away the surprising violent and erotic twists
that he and his cast have developed in pushing the tale back toward its dark
roots, he will disclose that the costumes and sets by Renee Bell use grotesque
distortions to push the story and characters over the top.
The production also features lighting design by Luke Olson and sound design
by Tony Rogers geared to reinforce the sense of the macabre.
Admission to Sinderella will be $7 ($4 for UI students) at the
door. Tickets will go on sale one hour before show time.
The Department of Theatre Arts is a unit of the Division of Performing Arts
in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
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