Contra Costa Civic Theatre (CCCT) continues its 58th season with Mary Zimmerman’s wildly inventive, highly theatrical The Secret in the Wings from February 16 through March 11. Filled with Zimmerman’s signature wit and humor and helmed by Chicago-based director Jack Phillips, this collection of lesser-known Grimm’s fairy tales-told through storytelling, music, and movement-takes us on a thrilling, sometimes scary journey from “Once Upon a Time” to “Happily Ever After.”
The structure of The Secret in the Wings is as follows: All but the central story (“Silent for Seven Years”) is told in two parts; the first half of each story is interrupted by the first half of the next story and so on until we reach the central story which is represented without interruption. After that, the second half of each story unfolds in the reverse of the original order. The play “fans in” to the central story, and then “fans out” again. The framing story of the play is an updated version of Perrault’s familiar classic “Beauty and the Beast”; it is this story which most movingly illustrates what G.K. Chesterton wrote of fairy tales: that their profound lesson is “you must love a thing before it is loveable.”
The ensemble for The Secret in the Wings features Jason Berner, Andrew Calabrese, Richard Friedlander, Alyssa Kim, and Julia Norton, along with newcomers Jenn Bates, Avi Jacobson, Joel Stanley, and Lisa Wang.
Purchase Tickets for The Secret in the Wings range from $11 to $30. Performances are Fridays and Saturday nights at 8:00 pm, and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm. All performances take place at CCCT’s intimate and fully accessible theatre in the Flynn building located at 951 Pomona Avenue in El Cerrito. Free parking is provided in the adjoining lot.
About Contra Costa Civic Theatre:
Contra Costa Civic Theatre (CCCT), established in 1959 and now under the artistic direction of Marilyn Langbehn, is a non-profit community theatre with its permanent home in El Cerrito, CA. Our mission is to provide affordable, high-quality entertainment in our intimate two hundred seat theatre to residents throughout the East Bay and provide training in performing arts for children and adults.