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Briar Rose and the Thirteenth Fairy

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Caroline Angell
April 9, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Playwright.

What is your show about?
Weaving together the narratives of storytelling greats Perrault, Basile, Walt Disney and the Brothers Grimm, playwright Caroline Angell has re-imagined the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty for an audience of all ages.

Are there boundaries as to what kind of theatre you will take part in?
Sure. I don't generally like to participate in theatre where no one is wearing pants, unless they make a really solid argument for it. Just kidding! Pants-less theatre is the best. (Or so I'm told by our director, who has included a pants-less moment for our fairy tale prince...) Also, theatre that is accessible to a wide or atypical audience, theatre where people invest their passion equally, and theatre that makes magic on a shoestring budget (like Everyday Inferno!) are pretty cool too.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this spring that...?
...contains the accusation "You only have nine fingers!" (At least, I hope it's the only one.)

Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
I have always been - and still sort of am - incredibly perturbed that Sleeping Beauty's parents didn't think to buy an extra set of golden plates for her Christening. Weren't they at all concerned about pissing off that last fairy, the one they left off the list? She's impressive and magical, for goodness' sake. They could have at least sent a nice note. Everyone could have been spared a lot of trouble.

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
Spellbinding. Curse-binding might be slightly more accurate... but the letter is S so we'll go with spellbinding.

Who are your heroes?
Interesting and sexy answer: Abraham Lincoln, Aaron Sorkin, and Captain America, because they are trailblazers. Real answer: My grandmother because she is a loving, fiercely loyal and incredibly capable woman. (And Tina Fey because she's funny).