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Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods (1986)

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Transcript of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods (1986)

Stephen Sondheim's
Into the Woods
(1986)

Themes:
Theatrical Conventions
The Way Out
Is there one?
Overview
Baker
Baker's Wife
Cinderella
Cinderella's Prince
Jack
Jack's Mother


Rapunzel
Rapunzel's Prince
Little Red Riding Hood
Wolf
Witch
Narrator
Main Characters:
Setting:
A deep woods outside of a magic kingdom.
Source Material:
Brothers Grimm fairy tales.
This is NOT Disney
Plot:
Act I combines the traditional stories of Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, and Rapunzel with a tale involving a Baker, his Wife, and the Witch from next door. Each character must go "into the woods" to get their wish. The characters' stories intermingle in various ways as they use different methods to achieve their goals.

Act II deals with the consequences of Act I.

The woods change from light to dark in the course of the show.
good vs. bad vs.
nice
responsibility
temptation
family roles
the fourth wall
people burst into song
soliloquy
actors play multiple characters
Quotes:
Isn't it nice to know a lot?
And a little bit not.
How do you ignore
All the witches,
All the curses,
All the wolves, all the lies,
The false hopes, the
goodbyes,
The reverses,
All the wondering what
even worse is
Still in store?
My father's house was a nightmare. Your house is a dream. Now I want something in between.
You're so nice.
You're not good,
You're not bad,
You're just nice.
I'm not good,
I'm not nice,
I'm just right.
I'm the Witch.
You're the World.
Must it all be either less or more,
Either plain or grand?
Is it always "or"?
Is it never "and"?
That's what woods are for:
For these moments in the woods
Do the characters even want one?
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