The short play, The Seven Stage a Comeback, is being presented at the Boston Center for the Arts by Company One through Aug. 14 as part of "Grimm," an evening of short plays by Boston-area playwrights inspired by Grimm fairy tales. (The seven in Maguire's title are the seven dwarfs of "Snow White" fame.)
The play is based on a short story he wrote for a 2000 anthology of re-worked fairy tales called "The Wolf at the Door." Maguire told the Times he was interested in telling the Snow White story from the dwarfs' point of view. "If they had more complexity," he said, "what would they make of the story" of the young, beautiful runaway princess. It appears in three sections in the show, at the beginning of each act and at the show's conclusion.
Other playwrights whose work appears in "Grimm" are Lydia R. Diamond (Stick Fly, The Bluest Eye) and Marcus Gardley (On the Levee).