Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Lisa Stock's Production of Snow, Glass, Apples

If you are in the Atlanta area this weekend, you can see Lisa Stock's production of Snow, Glass, Apples.

From Snow White, snow fright: Lisa Stock's production of Snow, Glass, Apples takes a bite out of the EAV Farmers Market by Jonathan Williams:

With two new live-action versions of the famous fairy tale currently in production, it seems that Snow White has awakened from a proverbial pop culture slumber. But before either of the films hits the big screen, a group of accomplished local thespians is staging a retelling of the familiar story. Snow, Glass, Apples, based on the Neil Gaiman short story of the same name, is a dark take on the tale, portraying Snow White (Carrie Anne Hunt) as a supernatural being and told from the point of view of the stepmother/queen. Produced by Lisa Stock's creative company InByTheEye, Snow, Glass, Apples is Stock's directorial debut in Atlanta after relocating from the Big Apple after 20 years. Stock discusses the play, which runs Aug. 24-28 at the East Atlanta Village Farmers Market.

This is your first production in Atlanta, so let us know a little about your background.

Everything I do is heavily steeped in fairy tales and mythology. I like to put new perspectives on stories we're so familiar with, which is what drew me to Gaiman's story. For me the tales in their earlier forms are really compelling. I like flawed characters a lot and I like to see characters that are making mistakes and not trusting themselves, things I think we can all relate to. Fairy tales are wonderful character studies and the so-called villains are often the most interesting characters and the ones we remember the most.

Before the Brothers Grimm started adding the princes and huntsmen and changing the values, and changing the mother to a stepmother because they couldn't believe that a real mother would be so awful to her child, they had a much harsher and more realistic look on the world. This story is from the stepmother's point of view, which some people might consider the villain or the monster, and I feel like that's just an ages-old tradition of looking at ourselves. When I'm doing Snow, Glass, Apples, I'm sort of focusing on what happens when we don't trust our own instincts.
There's much more in the article, of course. You can click through and read the rest. You can also visit Lisa Stock's website.

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