'Redd' is a production that can't be missed | Letter to the editor

Posted 4/19/23

We just saw "Redd" at Key City Public Theatre and highly recommend it as an engaging glimpse into a classic “fairy tale” that many have heard. But, depending on your culture, this telling …

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'Redd' is a production that can't be missed | Letter to the editor

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We just saw "Redd" at Key City Public Theatre and highly recommend it as an engaging glimpse into a classic “fairy tale” that many have heard. But, depending on your culture, this telling is probably not from the perspective you recall. Discerning wolf from woodsman might be a challenge for those who can’t let go of versions they were originally told.

We are very lucky to have a world premiere from an accomplished playwright on our stage. But remember that KCPT’s PlayFest presents a series of “world premieres” from local playwrights every year.

Kat Agudo was raised in the culture she draws from so masterfully. The Leader review gives an excellent summary of some of the fascinating elements of her work, but you need to see it yourself to fill in the blanks that had to be left when only about 12 column inches could be devoted to a complex and powerful re-telling of an ancient tale.

Don’t let the “viewer discretion advised” warning deter you. It does involve forms of “fantasy violence” and certainly some theme elements move toward “mature” levels. But remember the original tale - told in homes for centuries - involves a grandmother eaten by a wolf which is then killed by a woodsman. Right or wrong, using fear to “teach” children has been a “parental” (in all its forms) device for eons.

This version does not use fear to teach, instead it shows how cultural foundations can overcome fear. Pre-teens who attend should be well along the road to maturity, but we would rate it “PG-13” maybe.

Having opportunities like this in our community is part of what makes Port Townsend what it is. Take advantage of it.

Harry and Zoe Ann Dudley

PORT TOWNSEND

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