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Wilmington Theatre: Marian, or the True Tale of Robin Hood

Friday, February 8, 2019

Fairy tale and folkloric re-imaginings have made their homes in the burrows of pop culture with Madeline Miller’s best-seller Circe, movies such as Into the Woods (a musicalthen a movie), Neverland, and Maleficent, and T.V. shows like Once Upon a Time and Grimm, and don’t seem to be going away any time soon. Re-imaginings of the classics have also been thriving in the theatre world for decades, and UNCW Theatre will bring a new revisionary performance to the Wilmington theatre scene with Marian, or the True Tale of Robin Hood later this month. 

Having already been revisited and retold thousands of times since the tale’s first appearance in the 14th century, each Robin Hood tale is a little bit different than the one before it. Adam Szymkowicz’s Marian is no exception. This performance reinterprets Robin Hood’s classic tale of stealing from the rich to give to the poor into one that is instead meant to challenge gender norming, sexual preference, and maleness.  

Robin-Hood-Wilmington-TheatreMarianor “Maid Marian,” as she is often knownis the confident and gorgeous love interest of Robin Hood in most renditions, but here, Robin Hood is actually Marian in disguisethe Merry Men question their sexual identities and the appropriate level of “merriness,” and Nottingham’s guards spend more time playing pranks on one another and contemplating alternative means of employment than they do guarding.  

UNCW Theatre’s production of Marian, or the True Tale of Robin Hood, directed by Robin Post, will confront the outdated narrative of the damsel and the less fortunate in distress and replace it with questions about the society in which we live.  

Although reimaginings vary with regards to which tales are retold, they share the ability to transform the way we think about the stories we grew up with and what they taught us about what is right and wrong 

Marian, or the True Tale of Robin Hood will run February 21-24 and February 28-March 3 on the Mainstage Theatre in the UNCW Cultural Arts Building. Show times for Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are 8 p.m. and Sunday performances are at 2 p.m.  

Tickets for Marian, or the True Tale of Robin Hood are $15 for the general public, $12 for seniors, UNCW employees and alum, and $6 for students. Tickets are available for purchase at the UNCW Arts Ticket Office in Kenan Auditorium, by calling (910) 962-3500 or online.   

 

-Lindsay Lake