Into the Woods

July 12 - Aug. 10, 2014
(Opening Night: Thursday, July 17)
Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage
Old Globe Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

The Old Globe Presents
T he McCarter Theatre Center and Fiasco Theater Production of
Into the Woods
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine
Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine
As Reimagined by Fiasco Theater
Directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld


One of the greatest musicals of all time returns in triumph to its birthplace, nearly three decades after its world premiere at The Old Globe, in an inventive new production from Fiasco Theater that originated at McCarter Theatre Center and had The New York Times cheering, “I fell head over heels!  Fun, poignant, and truly enchanting.”  Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Tony Award-winning masterpiece weaves together beloved fairy tales, then ventures into the unknown territory of life after “happily ever after.”  Fiasco Theater, critically acclaimed for its reinventions of the classics, conjures a mythical world of theatrical invention with 10 actors and a handful of musical instruments.  An ordinary rope becomes Jack’s famous beanstalk, a ladder becomes Rapunzel’s enchanted tower, and the power of transformation creates a beguiling theater of the imagination.



Publicity Photos

(foreground) Emily Young as Little Red Ridinghood and Noah Brody as Wolf with Claire Karpen as Cinderella (background) in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods, in a reimagining by Fiasco Theater, directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, in a production that originated at McCarter Theatre Center. Into the Woods will run July 12 - Aug. 10, 2014 at The Old Globe. Photo by T Charles Erickson.
Ben Steinfeld as Baker and Jessie Austrian as Baker's Wife (foreground) with Liz Hayes in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods, in a reimagining by Fiasco Theater, directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, in a production that originated at McCarter Theatre Center. Into the Woods will run July 12 - Aug. 10, 2014 at The Old Globe. Photo by T Charles Erickson.
(from left) Claire Karpen as Cinderella, Jennifer Mudge as Witch, Patrick Mulryan as Jack, and Emily Young as Little Red Ridinghood in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods, in a reimagining by Fiasco Theater, directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, in a production that originated at McCarter Theatre Center. Into the Woods will run July 12 - Aug. 10, 2014 at The Old Globe. Photo by T Charles Erickson.
(from left) Andy Grotelueschen as Milky White and Patrick Mulryan as Jack in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods, in a reimagining by Fiasco Theater, directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, in a production that originated at McCarter Theatre Center. Into the Woods will run July 12 - Aug. 10, 2014 at The Old Globe. Photo by T Charles Erickson.
(from left) Noah Brody as Lucinda, Claire Karpen as Cinderella and Andy Grotelueschen as Florinda in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods, in a reimagining by Fiasco Theater, directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, in a production that originated at McCarter Theatre Center. Into the Woods will run July 12 - Aug. 10, 2014 at The Old Globe. Photo by T Charles Erickson.
(foreground, from left) Andy Grotelueschen as Milky White and Patrick Mulryan as Jack, with Jessie Austrian, Noah Brody and Claire Karpen in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods, in a reimagining by Fiasco Theater, directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, in a production that originated at McCarter Theatre Center. Into the Woods will run July 12 - Aug. 10, 2014 at The Old Globe. Photo by T Charles Erickson.
(from left) Jessie Austrian as Baker's Wife, Noah Brody as Cinderella's Prince, and Andy Grotelueschen as Milky White in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods, in a reimagining by Fiasco Theater, directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, in a production that originated at McCarter Theatre Center. Into the Woods will run July 12 - Aug. 10, 2014 at The Old Globe. Photo by T Charles Erickson.
Noah Brody will co-direct Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods, July 12 - Aug. 10, 2014 at The Old Globe. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Ben Steinfeld will co-direct Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods, July 12 - Aug. 10, 2014 at The Old Globe. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.



Cast and Creative Team

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  Stephen Sondheim (Music and Lyrics, Into the Woods), one of the most influential and accomplished composer/lyricists in Broadway history, was born in New York City and raised in New York and Pennsylvania.  As a teenager he met Oscar Hammerstein II, who became Sondheim’s mentor.  Sondheim graduated from Williams College, where he received the Hutchinson Prize for Music Composition.  After graduation he studied music theory and composition with Milton Babbitt.  He worked for a short time in the 1950s as a writer for the television show “Topper.”  He wrote the music and lyrics for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962), Anyone Can Whistle (1964), Company (1970), Follies (1971), A Little Night Music (1973), The Frogs (1974), Pacific Overtures (1976), Sweeney Todd (1979), Merrily We Roll Along (1981), Sunday in the Park with George (1984), Into the Woods (1987), Assassins (1991), Passion (1994), and Road Show (2008), as well as lyrics for West Side Story (1957), Gypsy (1959), and Do I Hear a Waltz? (1965) and additional lyrics for Candide (1973).  Side by Side by Sondheim (1976), Marry Me a Little (1981), You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow (1983), Putting It Together (1993/1999), Moving On (2001), and Sondheim on Sondheim (2010) are anthologies of his work as composer and lyricist.  For films, he composed the score of Stavisky (1974) and co-composed Reds (1981) as well as songs for Dick Tracy (1990).  He also wrote the songs for the television production Evening Primrose (1966), co-authored the film The Last of Sheila (1973) and the play Getting Away with Murder (1996), and provided incidental music for the plays The Girls of Summer (1956), Invitation to a March (1961), Twigs (1971), and The Enclave (1973).  Saturday Night (1954), his first professional musical, finally had its New York premiere in 1999.  Sondheim has received the Tony Award for Best Score/Music/Lyrics for Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Into the Woods, and Passion, all of which won the New York Drama Circle Award for Outstanding/Best Musical, as did Pacific Overtures and Sunday in the Park with George.  In total, his works have accumulated more than 60 individual and collaborative Tony Awards.  “Sooner or Later” from the film Dick Tracy won the 1999 Academy Award for Best Song.  Sondheim received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1984 for Sunday in the Park with George.  In 1983, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, which awarded him the Gold Medal for Music in 2006.  In 1990, he was appointed the first Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre at Oxford University and was the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award in the 1993 Kennedy Center Honors.  Sondheim is on the Council of the Dramatists Guild, the national association of playwrights, composers, and lyricists, having served as its President from 1973 to 1981.  In 1981, he founded Young Playwrights Inc. to develop and promote the work of American playwrights aged 18 years and younger.  His collected lyrics with attendant essays have been published in two volumes: Finishing the Hat (2010) and Look, I Made a Hat (2011).
  James Lapine (Book, Into the Woods) has also worked with Stephen Sondheim on Sunday in the Park with George and Passion, as well as the recent Broadway show Sondheim on Sondheim.  He also directed the first revival of Merrily We Roll Along at La Jolla Playhouse in 1985.  With William Finn he has collaborated on Falsettos, A New Brain, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and the soon-to-be-produced Little Miss Sunshine.  His other Broadway credits include The Diary of Anne Frank, Golden Child, and Amour.  He has written the plays Table Settings, Twelve Dreams, Luck, Pluck & Virtue, The Moment When, Fran’s Bed, and Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing.
  Noah Brody (Co-Director, Into the Woods) is a Founder, Co-Artistic Director, and Head of Producing for Fiasco Theater.  He has co-directed and acted in all of Fiasco’s productions including Cymbeline, Twelfth Night, The Two Gentlemen of Verona,and Into the Woods.  He has acted at theaters around the country and in Europe and appeared shirtless on soaps, headless on a crime drama, and as a dismembered torso on some underwear boxes.  He teaches acting, voice, and text through Fiasco and the New York University Gallatin School summer Shakespeare intensive and choreographs fights for money.  He spends that money on singing and horn lessons.  Brody writes plays, including The Vexed Question, currently under development with Fiasco, and enjoys long, complicated novels and histories.  He is a proud graduate of the Brown/Trinity M.F.A. in Acting program.
  Ben Steinfeld (Co-Director, Into the Woods) has co-directed and acted in all of Fiasco Theater’s productions.  His Broadway credits include Cyrano de Bergerac and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, and his Off Broadway credits include Fiasco’s Cymbeline (Theatre for a New Audience /Barrow Street Theatre) and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (The Public Theater).  Steinfeld’s regional acting credits include Center Theatre Group, Portland Center Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and 10 plays with Trinity Repertory Company.  His television and film credits include “The Good Wife,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” and the upcoming HBO film Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight.  Steinfeld is an adjunct professor at the New York University Gallatin School and has narrated several Concerts for Young People as an artist-in-residence with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.  Steinfeld is a proud graduate of Brown University, where he received his B.A., and the Brown/Trinity M.F.A. in Acting Program.
  McCarter Theatre Center, under the leadership of Artistic Director Emily Mann and Managing Director Timothy J. Shields, is recognized as one of the nation’s premier theater companies.  World premieres at McCarter include Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (2013 Tony Award for Best Play) and Miss Witherspoon, Tarell Alvin McCraney’s The Brother/Sister Plays, Edward Albee’s Me, Myself & I, Emily Mann’s Having Our Say, Danai Gurira’s The Convert, and Regina Taylor’s Crowns.  Other significant Broadway productions include Brian Friel’s Translations, Nilo Cruz’s Anna in the Tropics, and Electra directed by David Leveaux.  McCarter is supported by Princeton University, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and over 3,000 individuals, corporations, and foundations.
  Fiasco Theater is an ensemble theater company created by graduates of the Brown University/Trinity Rep M.F.A. in Acting program.  Their past shows include Cymbeline, Twelfth Night, and Into the Woods.  Cymbeline was presented Off Broadway twice, for nearly 200 performances, and was honored with the Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Play Revival of 2011/2012.  In February 2014 they will present a production of Measure for Measure in association with The New Victory Theater in New York City.  In April 2014 they will present a production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona in association with Folger Theatre in Washington, D.C.  Fiasco has been in residence with Duke University, Marquette University, and, upcoming, New York University Gallatin, Louisiana State University, and Sundance Institute Theatre Lab.  Their work has been developed at the Orchard Project and The Shakespeare Society, and Fiasco has led master classes at Brown University and New York University.  In 2008, Fiasco began offering the Free Training Initiative, a conservatory-level classical acting intensive for professional actors, completely free of charge to students.