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THE SECRET IN THE WINGS
written and directed by Mary Zimmerman
September 3October 17, 2004
The Roda Theatre
WEST COAST PREMIERE
running time: 90 minutes, no intermission
After enthralling Berkeley Rep audiences with her stunning adaptations of Wu Cheng-ens Journey to the West, Ovids Metamorphoses and Leonardo da Vincis Notebooks, Mary Zimmerman returns to her Bay Area home with The Secret in the Wings, a vivid staging of European fairy tales retold in the imaginative and colorful style for which she is so acclaimed. A captivating voyage into our collective childhood subconscious, The Secret in the Wings weaves elements from Beauty and the Beast with four lesser known stories into a dream-like exploration of the darker side of human impulses. Punctuating the tales haunting truths with breathtaking visual moments and poignant snatches of song, Zimmermans latest endeavor challenges the belief that fairy tales are only for children; The Secret in the Wings is her invitation for adults to immerse themselves in a rare and magical storybook experience.