Department of Theatre

UNCW Theatre Presents Marian, or the True Tale of Robin Hood

Marian, or the True Tale of Robin Hood is a new take and a re-visioning of the centuries old tale that set the standard narrative wherein men hold the power and use it to harm or to save the women and the poor. Gender norming, sexual preference and maleness are all challenged against one of the earliest tales that set the common narrative of the male hero and the damsel in distress. The play challenges this narrative with a gender switching/smashing comedic frolic through Sherwood Forest. Robin Hood is actually Marian in disguise, the Merry Men question their sexual identities as well as the appropriate level of “merriness” they should display while pillaging, and Nottingham’s guards spend more time playing pranks on one another and contemplating alternative means of employment than they do guarding. Hilarity ensues on all fronts while we are confronted with questions about the reinforcement of the cis-gender heteronormative culture in which we live.

Marian, or the True Tale of Robin Hood will run at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. February 21-24 and February 28 - March 3 on the Mainstage Theatre in the UNCW Cultural Arts Building. Tickets are $15 for members of the general public, $12 for seniors, UNCW employees, and alum, and $6 for students (sales tax included.) They are available at the Kenan Box Office on campus by calling 910.962.3500 or online at https://uncw.edu/arts/tickets.html. Tickets can also be bought in person an hour before the show on show dates.

Disclaimer: This play contains strong language, adult situations, and violence. It is not recommended for young children.