Eighteen-year-old Katie has a problem: she's a tooth fairy who’s just not interested in the family business. While out exploring the human world, Katie meets Max, a young man who inexplicably is able to see her. This is unusual in that the fairy troops are not visible without their consent. Although forbidden to return to the world of humans by her father the king, Katie is determined to see Max again. Their growing friendship becomes moot when during the Centennial, a celebration of all the fairy troops, the Troll King demands his reward for not having kidnapped human children for servants during the last hundred years. In a bid to gain power over the Tooth Fairy King, the Troll King demands Katie work as a servant in the Troll den for the next hundred years. In order to protect her father and the tooth fairy troop, Katie accepts, for the penalty for a king who breaks his word is exile and the disbandment of his fairy troop. When her friends give Max her message that she’s sorry she won't be able to see him again, he persuades them to take him to her. In the Troll den they find the one honorable solution that satisfies everyone – well, maybe not the Trolls. With humor and suspense, this play will transport young and old to the land of Neverwhen, leaving them lighter than when they sat down.
PLAYWRIGHT ELLIOTT B. BAKER
TALKS ABOUT “THE FAERIE KING'S DAUGHTER”
Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?
A.: I have always enjoyed journeys into “what if.” What if there were actually other worlds superimposed on this one. Just a tick off of our reality. Then, what if the fairy kingdom were real, with joys and troubles much like our own. Finally, what if someone from our side could interact with someone from theirs. My first thought was of a tooth fairy’s father who happened to be a king. That character began to tell me his story and before long, music and other stuff began to appear.
Q: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?
A: My favorite line which makes me smile is when Max responds to Katie when she mentions “Tinker Bell” as an example of the only fairies humans know of. His response is: “You know her?”
Q: WHAT WAS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART IN CREATING THIS WORK?
A: Balancing the real and possible with the fantastic and magical.
Q: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?
A: The underlying theme is that when we give in to anger and fear, we forget who we really are and sink a little deeper into the gravity well that is our chosen reality. Forgiveness is the door and the way back. In my imagination, we have brothers and sisters who inhabit a reality right beside our own whose self-appointed task is to maintain our birthright while we dally for a while in forgetfulness. My intention was to show that love is always stronger than fear.
Q: ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO SAY?
A: I have endeavored to create a production that has as much joy on each side of the curtain.