DEC 1, 2011 - DEC 11, 2011


Five short plays—inspired by the classic fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm, Washington Irving and Charles Perrault. Each play explores the fundamentals of fairy tales, diving into their exotic worlds, rich archetypes and shadowed psychologies. The playwrights have re-imagined these elements in a grown-up world, and in doing so, expose the fears and joys which have ingrained fairy tales into global culture. Ranging in genre, the plays are funny, sad, gruesome, touching, strange and fantastical … everything a fairy tale should be.

The plays and their inspirations include: DINNER FOR THE QUEEN by Meghan E. Jones, Inspired by Snow White by the Brothers Grimm; R.I.P. CAPTAIN WENDEL by Andy Hassell,inspired by Rip Van Winkle, by Washington Irving; THREE SISTERS AND A CARNEY by Beth Jastroch, inspired by Three Billy Goats Gruff, a Norwegian fairy tale; KATE by Michael Bernstein, inspired by Donkeyskin by Charles Perrault; and TERROR ON HAXOS 9 by Jonathan Ashley, inspired by Hansel and Gretel by the Brothers Grimm.

Dinner for the Queen

Written by Meghan E. Jones, Directed by Jonathan Ashley, Assistant Director Emily Robin Fink, Featuring Michael Bernstein, Melinda Smart and Stephen Alan Wilson

R. I. P. Captain Wendel

Written by Andy Hassell, Directed by Beth Jastroch, Assistant Director Stephanie Ringstaff, Featuring Chris Cardona and Alec A. Head

3 Sisters and a Carnie

Written by Beth Jastroch, Directed by Michael Kingsbaker, Assistant Director Paco Lozano, Featuring Aubrey Ball, Ginger Kearns, Edwin Sean Patterson and Tanya Verified


Written by Michael Bernstein, Directed by Meghan E. Jones, Assistant Director Morgan McGuire, Featuring Rachel Cora and Michael Sean McGuinness

Terror on Haxos 9

Written by Jonathan Ashley, Directed by Olivia Killingsworth, Assistant Director Belle Caplis, Featuring Laine Bonstein and Nick Stevens


Conceived by Jonathan Ashley and Meghan E. Jones. Featuring Jonathan Ashley, Meghan E. Jones and Morgan McGuire

Creative Team

  • Technical Director: Jonathan Ashley
  • Stage Manager: Dave Lankford
  • Scenic Design Assistant: Brandon Hardy
  • Lighting Design: Jake Fine
  • Sound Design: Andy Evan Cohen

  • It is bold, creative, and exciting. I left the theater feeling like a grown-up kid ready to find my happily ever after.

    Nicholas Linnehan, nytheatre.com
  • Bold and daring, The Shelter presents such a twisted view of the classics.

    Christina Mancuso, BroadwayWorld.com
  • Entertaining... comical and penetrating... hauntingly nuanced.

    Lisa Jo Sagolla, Backstage