Paul L. Coffey as Mysterious Man, Claire Karpen as Cinderella, and Matt Castle as Pianist in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods, in a re-imagining by Fiasco Theater. Photo by T Charles Erickson
Paul L. Coffey as Mysterious Man, Claire Karpen as Cinderella, and Matt Castle as Pianist in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods, in a re-imagining by Fiasco Theater. Photo by T Charles Erickson

“Into the Woods” returns to The Old Globe, the theater where it premiered 28 years ago, in an inventive reimagining by the critically acclaimed Fiasco Theater ensemble.

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.”

In Fiasco Theatre’s re-imagining, directors Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld conjure a mythical world of theatrical invention where an ordinary rope becomes Jack’s famous beanstalk, a ladder becomes Rapunzel’s enchanted tower, and the power of transformation creates a beguiling theatre of the imagination.

“It’s a very special and happy thing to hear ‘Into the Woods’ once again singing through the hallways of The Old Globe,” said Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “Sondheim and Lapine’s masterpiece of the American stage started here nearly 30 years ago, and today it’s infused with witty and moving new life by the thrilling imaginations of Fiasco Theater. I’m honored to give San Diego audiences a chance to know Fiasco’s artistry and to see this great musical again in Balboa Park.”

Fiasco Theater is an ensemble company created by graduates of the Brown University/Trinity Rep M.F.A. acting program.

Into the Woods will run July 12 through Aug. 10, with opening night on July 17 . Tickets are available at (619) 23-GLOBE or online.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.