The Secret in the Wings by Mary Zimmerman

Purdue University Theatre, 2016 

 

One of Zimmerman's earliest works, The Secret in the Wings moves through a series of little-known fairy tales, stopping and  skipping to a new tale at the crisis of each. The last tale is told straight through and then the series reverses as the ending of the stories are played.

Zimmerman describes the setting as a forest and a basement. We played with these ideas as components of the interior life of a child and attempted to make this life visible in our scenery. The players in this world are children, dressing up and taking on adult roles as they move between times and places. The revolving house opens in different ways, creating space for each story.

"An Orange roughy-smoothie!"
"An Orange roughy-smoothie!"
The rose in the lapel...
The rose in the lapel...
Mr. Maxwell reads his book...
Mr. Maxwell reads his book...
Three Blind Queens
Three Blind Queens
Three Snake Leaves
Three Snake Leaves
Three Snake Leaves
Three Snake Leaves
The Princess Who Wouldn't Laugh
The Princess Who Wouldn't Laugh
The Princess Who Wouldn't Laugh
The Princess Who Wouldn't Laugh
Allerleira
Allerleira
Allerleira
Allerleira
Seven Swans
Seven Swans
Seven Swans
Seven Swans
An interlude
An interlude
About to wake from the dream...
About to wake from the dream...
The End...Good Night
The End...Good Night