In the Forest, She Grew Fangs tells the story of Lucy, the forgotten girl at her high school, unnoticed except when she’s being mocked and tormented. She figures her life is over before it’s begun. But that was before she met Jenny, the new girl at school everyone is infatuated with. Before she found something in the dark forest–something that fills her dreams with teeth and claws. And before Lucy began dreaming of a world where her bullies are the ones being hunted.
This bloody deconstruction of Little Red Riding Hood takes the familiar elements of werewolves, teen lust, questions of identity and belonging, and high school bullying and puts them through a blender, until you don’t know who’s the victim and who’s the monster.
The play is directed by David Domkoski, a recent transplant from the Pacific Northwest. "I was attracted to the play because of its gorgeous poetic language and its intense look at what it means to be an outcast in high school (or really anywhere). I like the way Spotswood explores the harsh truths and ever-present sexuality unavoidable growing up in our texting-and-social-media society. The play hurls toward an nightmarish episode of chilling ferocity that will leave audiences talking long after it is over, which is what a good play should always do."
Stephen Spotswood's play is an intense, captivating and highly theatrical work that tackles issues teens face every day, Fair warning, the play contains strong adult language, sexual situations, and violence.
About the playwright
Stephen Spotswood is s a DC-based playwright, educator, and journalist, who received his MFA in Playwriting from the Catholic University of America in 2009. At the 2017 Helen Hayes Awards, he received the Charles MacArthur Award For Outstanding New Play for Girl In The Red Corner. Produced works include: Doublewide (NNPN Rolling World Premiere); Girl In The Red Corner (The Welders); The Last Burlesque (Pinky Swear Productions); Walking The City Of Silence And Stone (Forum Theatre); In The Forest, She Grew Fangs (defunkt Theatre, Washington Rogues); We Tiresias (Best Drama, Capital Fringe Festival 2012); When the Stars Go Out (Bright Alchemy Theatre); Sisters of Ellery Hollow; The Resurrectionist King (Active Cultures Theatre); Off A Broken Road (Imagination Stage); and A Cre@tion Story for Naomi (Bright Alchemy). He is a current member of The Welders playwrights collective and a member of Forum Theatre’s artist ensemble.
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