The Savage Joy of Breaking Things

Something is coming out of the forest. And it isn’t nice.

David Lynch meets Mother Goose in this new adaptation of an eerie fantasy classic.

The Savage Joy of Breaking Things is based on Lucy Lane Clifford’s “The New Mother,” which must be one of the strangest stories ever written. On a superficial level it’s a tale about two children who pay a terrible price for misbehaving. Examined more closely, however, it becomes complex and mysterious, with echoes of the Biblical Fall of Man and the Greek myth of Pandora’s Box.

Hardcover’s adaptation fleshes out the story, adding plot and characters as well as developing themes. The result is a dreamlike play full of love, longing, violence, and magic, with an ending that will send chills down your spine.

Based on “The New Mother” by Lucy Lane Clifford
Written & directed by Steve Schroer

Craig Anderson, Terri Bly, Nicole Devereaux, Katie Guentzel, Hans Hauge, Perry Thrun, & Christine Winkler.

Stage Managed by Ryan Ripley
Set Design by John Adler
Sound Design by Mark Manns
Costume Design by Sara Wilcox
Lighting Design by Heidi Eckwall

“Sheer originality and mythic power…Grownups arriving home after the play may find they need a nightlight in their room for the first time in decades.”
– Quinton Skinner, Variety

May 17 – June 3, 2007

The Playwrights’ Center

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