The Goat Farm, a sanctuary of sorts for the Atlanta art community, will be the backdrop for a new take on the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood.
Titled Rua|Wülf, the project is the creation of the young Atlanta theatrical organization SAÏAH. Like many of the performances that take place as the gothic industrial compound, the production will migrate around the Goat Farm's 12 acres as the story unfolds, immersing the audience in Rua's (Little Red Riding Hood) journey to her grandmother's house. Rua|Wülf's director, Marium Khalid, discusses the play's larger themes about decisions and how the consequences of choices can affect future generations.
What makes the Goat Farm good setting for your production?
When you walk through the gates of the Goat Farm Arts Center, the first realization that hits you is how does this place exists in the middle of the city? Every inch of this place is soaked in history; rustic yet, a beautiful Victorian-esque sight. It seems like a story yet to be revealed. When we began the process of Rua | Wulf we simply opened that book and invited everyone to share the journey with us.
Why do you think people are more drawn to narratives they already know, since your production is a variation of the Little Red Riding Hood Tale?
We as people find comfort in the familiar. Little Red Riding Hood is one of those stories that contains aspects of said familiarity, but a greater underlying of fear of the unknown to its fullest. I truly think we are at a point in our existence where people are willing to be brave the unknown. To open up and face our fears, not wait for the Huntsman to come and save the day. That is why we are presenting this age old fairy tale, but pulling it apart in a way more blush and grim than ever before.
What aspects of this production have been challenging?
Trying to bring our imagination to life. In the sense, that we imagine and then expect that it will come to fruition, no matter what. But the challenge was not accepting reality, but rather than we have a team of people who are able to create pulsing flowers, a floating meadow etc. Accepting the beautiful reality of our team and their boundless effort, and talent, and that it truly exists has been a challenge, when common consensus continuously reminds us to “be realistic.”
What do you hope the audience leaves with after seeing your production?
I want them to linger on what they witnesses. Pose their own opinions and questions. We are simply telling a story, and hope that when the audience walks away, it starts a conversation.
Rua|Wülf Through April 29. Performances begin at sundown. $25-$30; performances limited to 50 people. The Goat Farm, 1200 Foster Street. www.saiah.org.
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