From Artistic Director, Lance Davis
"Little Sophie's Misfortunes is a translation and adaptation for theater, of a novel written in 1858 by Russian-born, Sofiya Rostopchina, Comtesse de Ségur. We've always loved naughty girls and boys. But even younger than Betty Rizzo, younger than The Bad Seed, Pippi Longstocking, and Becky Thatcher was Little Sophie. At the tender age of five or six she shoed a sense of willfulness that Attila might envy.
Interestingly, the Comtesse's stories are closer to Roald Dahl than most. Little Sophie always promises to obey her mother, but somehow her naughty twin takes over and each activity ends in disaster. Her dolly suffers burnt hair, missing eyes, broken arms, and melted legs. She destroys pets - fish, a chicken, a donkey, a squirrel and even a turtle. She insists on serving her friends tea made from chalk and water from the dog bowl. And each time she swears she'll do better. The Comtesse de Ségur called her tales 'cautionary'. For whom? The children...or us?
Let's just say that Tim Burton and Edward Gorey owe a lot to a little Russian grandmother scribbling her thoughts in her quiet chateau north of Paris. Join us for our season finale!"