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May 30 – June 30, 2019

Take a journey into the enchanted world of magic beans and moonlit nights, towering giants and handsome princes, and fates sealed (and unsealed). Familiar storybook figures such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (with his beanstalk), and Rapunzel cross paths with the childless Baker and The Baker’s Wife on their quest to reverse the Witch’s curse on their fruitless family tree. But as the characters descend deeper into the forest, they find that getting what you wish for doesn’t always end happily ever after. Stephen Sondheim’s witty, powerful score and James Lapine’s imaginative, darkly humorous book combine to make the Tony Award-winning Into The Woods a favorite among musical lovers and a timeless masterpiece. This imaginative production employs elaborate costumes, inventive scenery, magical stagecraft, and a single piano to offer an adventure through the woods unlike any other.

Directed by JESSICA WALLENFELS

Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM • Book by JAMES LAPINE
Originally Directed on Broadway by JAMES LAPINE • Orchestrations by JONATHAN TUNICK

Run time is approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission.

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Performances held at the Broadway Rose New Stage, 12850 SW Grant Avenue, Tigard, OR

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12850 SW Grant Ave.
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Show Dates

Thursday, May 30, 7:30 PM PREVIEWSOLD OUT
Friday, May 31, 7:30 PM OPENING NIGHTSOLD OUT
Saturday, June 1, 7:30 PM—Limited Availability
Sunday, June 2, 2:00 PMSOLD OUT

Thursday, June 6, 7:30 PM—Limited Availability
Friday, June 7, 7:30 PM—Limited Availability
Saturday, June 8, 2:00 PM—Post-show talk-back*—Limited Availability
Saturday, June 8, 7:30 PMLimited Availability
Sunday, June 9, 2:00 PMSOLD OUT

Thursday, June 13, 7:30 PM—Limited Availability
Friday, June 14, 7:30 PM—Limited Availability
Saturday, June 15, 2:00 PM—Limited Availability
Saturday, June 15, 7:30 PM
Sunday, June 16, 2:00 PM—Limited Availability

Wednesday, June 19, 7:30 PM—Added performance!
Thursday, June 20, 7:30 PM
Friday, June 21, 7:30 PM
Saturday, June 22, 2:00 PM—Audio description available—Limited Availability
Saturday, June 22, 7:30 PM
Sunday, June 23, 2:00 PMSOLD OUT

Wednesday, June 26, 7:30 PM—Added performance!
Thursday, June 27, 2:00 PM
Thursday, June 27, 7:30 PM
Friday, June 28, 7:30 PM
Saturday, June 29, 2:00 PM
Saturday, June 29, 7:30 PM
Sunday, June 30, 2:00 PM

*Talk-backs are free and open to the public. They begin immediately following the first Saturday matinee performance of the mainstage production and are held in the theater. You do not have to attend the Broadway Rose production in order to attend the talk-back.

Creative

Directed and Choreographed by Jessica Wallenfels
Assistant Director Kelly Lyons
Music Direction/Piano by Eric Nordin
Set Design by Sean O’Skea
Light Design by David Castaneda
Prop Design by Emily Wilken
Costume Design by Darrin J. Pufall Purdy
Sound Design by Brian K. Moen
Wig Design by Jane Holmes
Stage Manager Jessica Junor

Director's Note

A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR: JESSICA WALLENFELS

Into the Woods celebrates the unmistakable characters and situations of fairy tales, just before blowing them up. A good girl is starting to see that nice gets her nowhere, while princes enjoy the agony of unrequited love – until it becomes requited, at which point it becomes dull. Sondheim and Lapine’s twist on our shared oral, folkloric history is filled with contemporary cultural critique that only continues to become more relevant as the years go by.

Paradoxically, it is the underlying seriousness that makes Into the Woods funny, even as it makes us think. Music director/pianist Eric Nordin and I have embraced the comedy in this stripped down, one-piano arrangement he has created, which also features percussive parts played by actors, conceived as actions meant to be part of their journey through the woods. I’ve drawn from a modernized form of commedia dell’arte, a tradition of physical theatre dating back to 16th-century traveling bands of actor/clowns playing stock characters in comic scenarios. The highly stylized nature of this form accentuates larger than life emotions and wild exaggeration, which we’ve carried through the costume design as well.

Over the course of the show, it becomes clear that no matter how our perspectives may collide, in the end, all we can do is share our stories. Ultimately we see how a community pulls together in the face of disaster, while examining how our “found,” or chosen, families sustain us when others must leave. As theatre lovers know, it is stories that pull us together and save our lives, again and again. Most notably, Sondheim and Lapine force us to notice that how we tell those stories shapes the young minds in front of us. The Witch sings:

Careful the tale you tell / That is the spell. / Children will listen…

This is a story about a community who, through crisis, finds that people may move from selfishness to solidarity, leaning on one another as they journey through the darkness. Enjoy the ride of Into the Woods as it invites us to think, feel, laugh and sing.