Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came

Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came
full-length play† produced in 2016 at the Historic Mounds Theatre
based on the folktale “Childe Rowland”* and on Robert Browning’s 1855 poem*

review in Twin Cities Geek
“Those who like their fairy tales with a side of meta-commentary and more questions than answers will enjoy Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came most of all.”

A young girl has fallen into the terrible hands of the Elf King, so of course her brother, a knight in training, goes on a quest to rescue her. While in Elfland, Childe Roland must eat nothing and drink nothing. And he must kill everyone he meets, because everyone he meets is an evil Elf. But after a while, the murders begin to change him… This adaptation digs deeply into the implications of a classic English fairy tale, with surprising and disturbing results.

cast: 4M, 8M/F

* never before, to the best of our knowledge, adapted for the theater
† written but not directed by Steve Schroer; produced by Hardcover Theater & Six Elements Theatre