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The Stiltskin Trials

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Some day, the earnest young writers and thespians who mounted this modern take on the Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale will look back, and they will laugh their butts off.

The 60-minute drama has good bones and a cool concept: a textiles mogul on trial for six murders faces his accusers in court, with flashbacks showing how he lured his latest victims.

It’s all pretty ho-hum, what-fringe-is-about stuff until Stiltskin explains his motives in a spectacularly demented scene that careens so far off the rails it’s painful — painfully funny. So wrong, on so many ludicrous levels, it’s downright wicked.

— Pat St. Germain

From the Fringe program:

Director: Kas Kuropatwa

 

Cast: Connor Wielgosz, Kas Kuropatwa, Kristin Carlow, Chris Sousa, Anika Dowsett, Ruth Rietze, Hannah McKenna, Sophie Smith, Sarah London, Ben Robertson, Drew Jensen, Dane Bjornson

 

You've all heard the story: a girl who must spin straw into gold is helped by a conniving imp named Rumplestiltskin, who sets a devious price for saving her life. Our modernized tale follows a textile mogul who offers generous gifts to struggling families for seemingly innocent favours. But as the classic tale tells, nothing comes without a price. Watch as Mr. Stiltskin is taken to court, and try not to hold your breath as the verdict is announced.

 

Audience Classification: Mature

 

Length: 60 mins.

 

Warnings: Coarse Language

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