Theater at Monmouth’s 2018 Family Show is “The True Story of Little Red,” a new adaptation of the Brothers Grimm classic fairy tale. Performances are set for 1 p.m. Saturday, June 30, and July 7, 14, 21, 31, Aug. 4, 7, 10 and 16.

This modern-day twist on a century’s old classic, traditionally warning us not to trust strangers or to stay on the straight and narrow path, asks modern audiences to consider different points of view in an effort to avoid stereotypes and to better understand people different from ourselves.

We all know the story of Little Red, who set off through the woods to bring sick Grammy some bread. But what if Red wasn’t so sweet, and Grammy not helpless but strong, the Woodsman a bully, and the Wolf the top dog? So how do we know which version of the story is true? In the end we’ll leave that decision to you.

In the earliest European version of “Little Red Riding Hood” published by Charles Perrault (1697), the wolf devours granny and then dons her clothes and jumps into bed in time for the arrival of her granddaughter. The tension builds as Red ticks off a series of clues that should lead her to the conclusion that all is not well— “Granny, what big ears you have! What big teeth you have!” — realizing too late that this isn’t Granny at all and then the animal eats her up. In some happier versions a woodsman or lumberjack comes along and cuts open the wolf saving the girl and her grandmother who are miraculously still alive in the beast’s belly.

In Dawn McAndrews’ adaptation, the audience plays a huge role in determining whose story we get to hear and how different participants in the same event can see things very differently. “The True Story of Little Red” exposes new sides to all the classic characters and asks the audience to decide which point of view they want to see to end the play. Don’t worry, your wily Wolf and cunning Little Red are still out in full force for this production, you just might find yourself wanting to see how Ninja Grammy saves the day!

“The True Story of Little Red” features Alexandra Curren as Red; Michael Dolan as Wolf; Kevin Aoussou Carr as Woodsman; and Maureen Butler as Granny. Set design by Katie Keaton, costume design by Elizabeth Rocha, lighting design by Emily Beggs, and sound design by Rew Tippin.

Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for children. Groups discounts are available.

For tickets, or more information, call the TAM Box Office at 933-9999 or visit theateratmonmouth.org.

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