Weird Sisters Theatre Mixes Fairy Tales And The Modern Female

Actors Stephen Ruffin, Blanca Aguero and Jayme Smith rehearse for "A Night of Twisted Tales."
Credit Courtesy of the Weird Sisters Theatre Project
Audio version of this story here.

Playwright Katie Causey and Weird Sisters co-founder Kelly Criss discuss “A Night of Twisted Tales”

From the TV series “Once Upon a Time” to Eddie Murphy as an enchanted donkey in “Shrek,” it’s a popular phenomenon to put fairy tales in a modern context.

The Weird Sisters Theatre Project is doing just that. The company has melded fairy tales and the modern female through a series of short plays called “A Night of Twisted Tales.”

The plays, all by female playwrights, range from known and unknown fairy tales. One is based on “The Peasant’s Wise Daughter,” where a young women is constantly thwarted but solves riddles and gives good advice.

Other plays include characters like Little Red Riding Hood, who faces not a wolf but a woman putting other women down to feel good about herself. Then, Maleficent and Aurora from “Sleeping Beauty” wear the same gown to an awards show.

The princess from “The Princess and the Pea” is featured in two plays. In one, she can’t sleep without her iPhone, which she had dropped in a puddle.

“A Night of Twisted Tales” finishes its run Friday and Saturday at the Aurora Theatre in Gwinnett County.