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Patio to present two one-acts drawn from folktales

Cast members of the Patio Playhouse production of “The Vain Princess.”

The Patio Playhouse Community Theater is presenting two original one-act plays based on folklore.

Patio Playhouse Community Theater presents “The Vain Princess” on an African folktale, about a princess whose vanity and selfish pride cause great distress, not only to herself, but to the people in her kingdom. A young beggar comes along and claims he can fix all that is wrong. His long, hard journey restores peace and tranquility to the kingdom, and teaches a great lesson to the vain princess.

Lyon’s “The North Wind” developed from an oral storytelling tradition in her family, and depicts how Hans must travel to meet the North Wind and persuade him to return what was stolen. The North Wind gifts Hans a series of magical items, each of which the innkeeper and his wife steal from the boy while he sleeps. The North Wind gives Hans one last gift to force the innkeeper to give back what belongs to Hans, teaching the innkeeper an important lesson.

Performances of The Vain Princess and The North Wind will run Friday, March 6 through Sunday, March 22 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at Patio’s mainstage theater at 116 W. Kalmia Ave. in downtown Escondido.

Patio Playhouse’s production of The Vain Princess and The North Wind is partnering with Interfaith Community Services, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in North County San Diego that empowers people in need to stabilize and improve their lives through comprehensive programs, in partnership with diverse faith communities and people of compassion. To learn more or to donate, go to interfaithservices.org.

The full schedule is available on Patio’s website. Tickets are available for the cost of $14 for General Admission, and $10 for Youth 16 and under. Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more. For reservations, contact the Patio Playhouse box office at 760-746-6669, via email, or via the website www.patioplayhouse.com. Directed by Annie Buchheit (The North Wind) and Gina Marie (The Vain Princess). 

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