Two adult sisters return to their childhood home, where they once again come face to face with the perils and fantasies of their youth. In Polly Pen and Peggy Harmon’s haunting chamber musical, adapted from Christina Rossetti’s poem, the wilder Laura chafes against the limits of her ordinary life, and succumbs to the lure of the goblin fruits and the mysterious world they promise. It’s up to cautious Lizzie to face down the goblins, and save herself and her sister from their darkest selves.
“Polly Pen and Peggy Harmon’s musical adaptation adds so many interesting questions about memory and storytelling and female testimony to a poem that’s been the subject of a century and a half of interpretation,” says artistic director Rebecca Maxfield. “The sisters are choosing to tell and to re-live the story of these traumatic events many years later.” Rich in symbolism and sensuality, Goblin Market explores the dueling powers of love and temptation, as Laura and Lizzie risk their lives, their bond, and the Victorian world they know for the otherworldly offerings of the goblin market.
Part of our 2018-19 “Making a World” season
by Polly Pen and Peggy Harmon
music by Polly Pen
adapted from the poem by Christina Rossetti
directed by Rebecca Maxfield
music directed by Billy Petterson
choreography by Carson Pavao
Sophie Adickes as Lizzie
Sarah Dunn as Laura
AS220 Black Box | 95 Empire St. | Providence, RI 02903
Tickets $20 (* Thursday Pay-What-You-Can)
Online pre-order or door. Free with Brown/RISD student ID.
Friday, March 29: 8:00pm
Saturday, March 30: 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sunday, March 31: 2:00pm
Thursday, April 4: 8:00pm
Friday, April 5: 8:00pm
Saturday, April 6: 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sunday, April 7: 2:00pm