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'Little Red Chunari' is a New Take on a Classic Tale

Little Red Chunari is a new play from Scottish Rite Community and Children’s Theater. It’s a family friendly Bollywood-style adaptation of the classic tale “Little Red Riding Hood,” written by Prentice Riddle and Susan Gayle Todd.

The story originated years ago, when Riddle was in the habit of telling his children (who are of Indian descent) stories to pass the time on car trips. He'd usually pick an existing story and change it up a little to give it more of an Indian flavor; that's why Little Red wears a chunari (a multi-purpose scarf worn in much of South Asia) rather than a riding hood.

There are many other differences in the story, as well. Red doesn't have to deal with a wolf, but she does encounter all sorts of of temptations on her way to her grandparents' house, represented by Bollywood-style music, dance, comedy and more.

Little Red Chunari At Scottish Rite Theater, 18th and Lavaca Sunday, February 16 at 1:30 and 3:30 pm Saturday, February 22 at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm Sunday, February 23 at 12:30 and 2:30 pm

Mike is the production director at KUT, where he’s been working since his days as an English major at the University of Texas. He produces Arts Eclectic, Get Involved, and the Sonic ID project, and also produces videos and cartoons for When pressed to do so, he’ll write short paragraphs about himself in the third person, but usually prefers not to.
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