Jan 31 – Feb 23, 2020
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Emma Lively and Tyler Beattie
“Bliss is a fairy tale about fairy tales-- in particular, the strange things that young princes and princesses do in the hope of finding their "happily ever after." The musical has an absurd, subversive tone, and the characters both play into and against classic fairy tale archetypes. The production must suspend reality and unapologetically embrace the whimsical, illogical logic of the world.”
--Emma Lively and Tyler Beattie
This fairy tale concerns four unique young princesses are kept in a high tower by their overprotective father. What will happen when they escape and venture out into the world?
Important Themes: The four sisters encounter a group of familiar fairytale types, the “Perfect Princesses,” whom they are expected to emulate. One of the four princesses, who is “plus-sized in body and spirit,” wonders: “Why do they all look the same?” The “Perfect Princesses” are never angry, weird, or loud, nor do they “question more than allowed;” they have no unladylike interests, they never appear “threateningly smart,” and their clothes never fit too snugly. They ask the four princesses, “Would you rather be perfect . . . or ugly?”
Adult Language: The language is very mild. One character complains that her boots smell like “feces.” A prince (Devin) boasts that he has “a pimped-out carriage and an entourage.”
“Crap,” one character complains under her voice when an adult makes an inconvenient entrance. “Holy crap!” is heard twice when the same character is startled.
Violence/Scariness: One of the sisters encounters a dragon. She unsheathes her sword and charges as the lights go down.
Sexual References: As the four princesses begin to worry about their looks compared with “Perfect Princesses,” one of them complains about the size of her “boobs” and her “butt.” The king, searching for his lost daughters, worries they have gone to the “mossy meadow” where there’s “touching and necking.” (They haven’t.)