Posting Date: September 21, 2011


KSU presents "Dark Forest"
Production features tales from the Brothers Grimm

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KENNESAW, Ga.—The Kennesaw State University Department of Theatre, Performance Studies & Dance will present "Dark Forest" Oct. 18-23 in the Stillwell Theater. Adapted and co-directed by John Gentile, professor and chair of the department, the production is based on fairy tales and poems from the Brothers Grimm.

"My adaptation serves to return us to the original versions by Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm and to experience them in their full power and magic," explains Gentile. In addition to the stories from the Brothers Grimm, "Dark Forest" will also incorporate the poetry of contemporary poets whose work is connected to the original tales.

Co-director Henry Hylan Scott is creating an original score for the production and is "excited by the work of the talented performers and the opportunity to collaborate with John Gentile." "Dark Forest" is the third collaboration at KSU between Gentile and Scott and the first one since the award-winning "Moby-Dick," which received the award for Best Performance at the Casablanca Theatre Festival in 2009. Gentile received the 2010 Foundation Prize from the university for his adaptation.

The production will also feature the return of KSU alumni Erik Teague (theatre & performance studies, 2008) and Andrew Crigler (theatre & performance studies, 2010). Teague recently completed his Masters of Fine Arts in costume design at Boston University. "I knew this project was a perfect fit to his aesthetic and so I held it back a year in order for him to complete his degree and return as a guest artist," explains Gentile.
Crigler, who performed the lead role in the Serenbe Playhouse production of "The Ugly Duckling" this summer, participated in the public reading of the script last spring. "After working with him, I simply could not see anyone else match him for such a full and exuberant portrayal."

After using the Grimms' tales in storytelling classes and for a KSU production in 1993, Gentile decided to return to the tales for a new production to line up with the bicentennial anniversary in 2012 of the initial publication on the Grimms' "Children's and Household Tales."

"This time, I was interested in the tales that take us to the dark places of the human heart and explore extremes of emotion, as well as those that feature the delightful humor and that strong sense of poetic justice so prevalent in the Grimms' tales," says Gentile.

"Audiences will be invited," Scott explains, "into a magical land filled with familiar and unfamiliar tales, beautiful costumes, imaginative staging and riveting performances." "Dark Forest" contains adult themes and may be too intense for young children. Recommended for ages 13 and older. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $12 for KSU students. Performance times are 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit the KSU box office.

In conjunction with the production, Jack Zipes, scholar of the Brothers Grimm and the fairy tale tradition, will present a lecture on "The Americanization of the Grimms' Fairy Tales" on Oct. 20 from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Stillwell Theater. The lecture is free and open to the public.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 23,400 from 142 countries.

The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts departments.


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