"Into the woods, and who can tell what's waiting on the journey?" A fair question posed by Little Red Riding Hood in Stephen Sondheim's musical masterpiece, Into the Woods, which will have its big screen debut on Christmas Day. Well, "Red," there's love, murder, jealousy, theft and a serious fetish for some thick and healthy blonde hair. Honestly though, not much more than you'd find on primetime TV. So why the obsession with the woods? Since the days of Grimm, there's been an infatuation with the forest told through tales like "Sleeping Beauty," "Snow White," "Hansel and Gretel," "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," and many more. It happens outside of these tales too, as we flip the pages -- or through the remote -- willing to get lost in what may be considered, by today's standards, a "totally #basic" storytelling device.
To get some insight onto this love of the woods, I turned to James Ortiz, co-artistic director of the innovative puppet theater organization, "Strangemen & Co.," and actress and director, Claire Karpen.