SCT is so excited to produce the world premiere of Red Riding Hood. Can you share a playwright’s perspective on the process of developing new work to seeing it live on stage? What’s something that you are really looking forward to?
In your interview with South Coast Repertory you mentioned that “When Seattle Children’s Theatre came forward with a commission, it felt like the exact right moment to explore Red Riding Hood and the beliefs and biases the fairytale perpetuates.” Can you share what was happening at “the exact right moment” that compelled you to write this play?
Things aren’t what they seem in Red Riding Hood — at least not the characters anyway! Do you have a favorite character, or perhaps one that was the most fun to create?
wolf was (a ‘great’ actor), and who Red was (a busy courier/delivery person), it cracked open the world of the play and the dynamics between the two of them.
All of the other characters from the fairytale show up, but having the two actors who play Red and Wolf play all of them gives it a mad-cap feel — and an exhausting amount of running around for those two fantastic actors!