In a Deep, Dark Forest 5+
by Paul Maar, adapted for the stage by Christopher Gottwald and Rainer Hertwig / Repertoire
No marriage candidate is good enough for spoiled Princess Henriette-Rosalinde-Audora from Great Rieslingen. So she hatches a plan: A monster must kidnap her and carry her off into the deep, dark forest, and then a brave prince will hopefully save her. Her royal parents drop her off by the edge of a forest, but the residing monster is more interested in her lavish basket of goodies than in the princess herself. In Little Winzlingen Princess Simplinella hears that the person who saves the neighbouring princess will receive half the kingdom of Great Rieslingen as a reward. She dresses up as Prince Simple and goes off, together with Lützel, Princess Henriette-Rosalinde-Audora’s servant, to save the princess from the clutches of the monster. Or is it the monster that needs to be saved from the clutches of the spoiled princess?
With “In a deep, dark forest” Paul Maar has created a modern fairytale which through the use of irony calls many of the genre’s classic motifs into question. In this world nothing is as it seems. Monsters turn out to be vegetarians, and princes emerge as princesses, who are more interested in leading independent lives than in getting married. This play is an entertaining comedy with surprising twists, wordplays and slapstick humour – and thereby reminiscent of classics such as “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “As You Like it” by William Shakespeare.