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In The Forest, She Grew Fangs

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Stephen Spotswood’s stunning and visceral new play will shock and entertain DC audiences this fall as part of the Flashpoint Mead Theatre Lab 2013-2014 season. Megan Graves stars as Lucy, a high school student haunted by a tragic family history and hounded by her classmates. Soon she is joined by fiercely beautiful new student Jenny (Jenny Donovan) who despite the initial attention her looks earn her, harbors a secret history of being a social outcast she fears will be exposed.


by Stephen Spotswood
directed by Ryan S. Taylor


Lucy and Jenny find solace in long walks in the woods surrounding the town, drawn by a mysterious power. When Jenny rescues the despondant Lucy from a terrifying encounter in the woods, a tragic, obsessive love blooms. Soon,  Lucy begins to change physically and psychologically in the aftermath of the incident at the lake. Meanwhile, the town is terrorized by reports of dead animals and sounds of wolves in the distance. Horrors psychological and supernatural mount, leading to a climactic tragedy in the high school halls.

Inspired by recent tragic events in our nation’s schools, as well as the ongoing fight against bullying and the “It Gets Better” movement, In The Forest, She Grew Fangs has already gained national notoriety as a finalist for the prestigious O’Neill Playwriting Conference. Spotswood/s harrowing play is a cutting-edge adaptation of the “Little Red Riding Hood” story, distilled through contemporary horror. This stunning and relevant story finds its natural match in the bold, visceral style of the Washington Rogues.