About the Show
The Cinderella story dates back more than than 3000 years. Almost every culture has its own telling: from Germans to the Algonquins, the Chinese, to West Africans.
A few years back we became fascinated with the recurring characters and messages of these ancient stories, especially how they addressed women: their intimate and interpersonal struggles, the necessity and danger of hope, and the gifts or burdens our mothers leave us. As we talked, we began telling a story of our own; telling it back and forth over weeks and months, using some aspects of the old folktales that fit, and making up others as we went along.
The result is Cindy & Ella a play that claims hundreds of Cinderella's as its ancestors, but that we wrote mostly to entertain each other, to be, first and foremost, a cracking good story full of characters we love, exciting twists, humor, violence, madness and magic.