During this semester at Stateville, we read different short stories from the collection Tales and Stories for Black Folks edited by Toni Cade Bambara. Within this collection are a variety of rewrites of “classic” fairytales and folktales as well as new interpretations of common African folklore. Students were then asked to rewrite their own tale. We asked questions such as: How would you change the story to tell your own message? What characters would have to change, be omitted, or be added? Who is this story for?
One student, Abdul-Malik Muhammad, rewrote “The Three Little Pigs” as his second story rewrite. The APTP ensemble read his piece and performed their favorite lines using a variety of exercises. Read Malik’s story below and see the video of the APTP ensemble making theater from his work.