The Lion King Eats Hamlet

Fairy tales, fables, and folklore – were they invented just to control the behavior of children? To allow for the possibility of happy endings? To give voice to our greatest desires and fears? Pure flights of fancy? Regardless of their purpose or aims, these archetypal stories are ingrained in our cultural consciousness, and wield power over us. What happens when we seize the power, and re-imagine these stories? What would happen if it wasn’t the prince’s kiss that wakes up Snow White or Sleeping Beauty, but something else? What if you told the story of The Little Mermaid from the point of view of Ursula the Sea Witch, or even the mermaid’s father, King Triton? Check out the photo series “Fallen Princesses,” Louise Gluck’s poem “Gretel in Darkness”, the soundtrack to Wicked (the musical that tells the story of the Wicked Witch of the West in the Wizard of Oz) or look at how The Lion King retells the story of Hamlet, and get inspired to put your own spin on an old story - whether through visual art, poetry, fiction, $criptwriting, creative nonfiction, or whatever medium floats your boat!