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October 11, 2016

Who’s The Fairest at the Prom: How Mirror, Mirror Casts Snow White in a 21st Century Light


Every high school prom is the same: fancy dresses, prom kings and queens, and, of course, drama. For Rose White, things are a little different when she arrives to the prom and becomes the “fairest” of all.

The greatest secret she’s hiding? Rose is transgendered, but still manages to be the prettiest at the prom. Gretchen Black decides she can’t handle someone else being prettier and more popular than her. She knows that things have to change so she doesn’t lose her boyfriend, Badger Biers, and even more important, her popularity. Take a wild ride with Mirror Mirror, a modern day Snow White and see just how these characters overcome the crazy prom weekend.

Mirror Mirror takes the classic story of Snow White and puts it into the 21st century. It touches upon many relevant issues within today’s society, bringing attention to one of the most important topics: the transgender community. The target audience is for adults and teens, making this a great show for college theaters, professional theaters, or fringe shows. The show was first performed at the Yale School of Drama on November 11, 2005.

This full length, 90 minute, play was written by Sarah Treem. Treem has written other plays such as, A Feminine Ending, The How and the Why, and many more. She is a producer and writer for many television shows such as In Treatment, House of Cards, and The Affair. Check out Breaking Character Magazine’s feature on her here.

Treem is known for her prominent female characters within her work, and Mirror Mirror this show has a great mix of casting. The cast size is about eleven: six male, five female. The main roles within the show are Gretchen Black, the most popular girl in school, Badger Biers, Gretchen’s boyfriend, and Rose White, the new girl. The challenge for the actors is that Rose White is to be played by a boy, bringing the transgender theme to life.

Mirror Mirror brings up issues that most plays don’t explore; giving the LGBTQ community a sense of belonging within the theater community.  Treem develops these ideas and themes within her play, giving a great representation for the transgender community.

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