Save the Date: A fairy tale gets Trumped

By Christopher Yee

Most everyone knows the classic tale of Rumpelstiltskin:  An ordinary girl is forced to spin straw into gold, a dwarf shows up to make it happen, and the girl must guess the dwarf’s name or forfeit her first-born child.  However, what if that scheming dwarf had the cunning and business acumen of one Donald Trump?

The Occidental College Children’s Theater in Eagle Rock plans to explore that possibility in their next production, “Trumpelstiltskin,” a comedy that debuts on Thursday July 7. The play will run Thursdays through Saturdays at 10 a.m. from July 7 to August 20 at Occidental College’s outdoor Remsen Bird Hillside Theater.

Jamie Angell, an assistant professor at Oxy and the theater’s founding artistic director, explains that Trump was an easy fit for the play.  “We like to incorporate pop culture into our plays. Trump is such a bombastic personality, and so is Rumpelstiltskin,” Angell said in a press release.  “They’re both blowhards. It’s a perfect match.”

The cast of Oxy students and alumni will also interpret three folk stories: the Native American “Coyote, Iktome, and the Rock,” “Ma Liang and His Magic Brush” from China and “The Three Simpletons” from Mexico.

In addition, the Children’s Theater will also hold summer outreach performances at several northeast Los Angeles recreation centers including Highland Park (July 13), Glassell Park (July 20),  Yosemite (August 10), and Eagle Rock (August 27).

Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for children for performances at the Hillside Theater.  Call  (323) 259-2922 for tickets.

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