August 16, 2012
By Josh Vogt
The upcoming 70th World Science Fiction Convention takes place in Chicago from August 30 to September 3, 2012, hosting the Hugo Awards as well as authors, artists, fans, and more who come together to celebrate the impact of speculative fiction on modern culture. Among the many events attendees will be able to enjoy, the Chicon 7 panel recently announced a special theatrical double bill of plays celebrating stories by Neil Gaiman.
According to the official release:
[The plays are] adapted from two short stories by multiple Hugo award-winning author and screenwriter Neil Gaiman. In “Snow, Glass, Apples” Gaiman dissects the disturbing reasons for Snow White’s snow-white skin and blood-red lips, while in “Troll Bridge” he replaces the Three Billy Goats Gruff with a feckless boy named Jack who carelessly trip-traps over the fateful bridge.
The Gaiman Theatre presentation is a co-production by Pintig Theatre (Chicago) and Socratic Theatre Collective (Toronto) in association with Tattle Tale Theatre (Dublin). The plays are directed by Ruth Pe Palileo and Liz Bragg.
The plays will be presented on the afternoons of Friday, August 31 and Saturday, September 1 as part of Chicon 7’s extensive range of special events. Attendance will be open to Chicon 7 Adult and Young Adult members only as the material includes mature content.
Chicon 7 is the 2012 World Science Fiction Convention (“Worldcon”). The first Worldcon occurred in New York City in 1939 and Worldcons have been held annually since then except for 1942-45 when there was no event due to World War II. Chicon 7’s Guests of Honor are five-time Hugo winning author Mike Resnick, artist Rowena Morrill, art agent and collector Jane Frank, science fiction fan and former Worldcon chair Peggy Rae Sapienza, and astronaut Story Musgrave. Chicon 7’s Toastmaster is John Scalzi.