Jul 29 2014
Remember when I said I was working on a follow-up to The Love of Three Oranges? I lied. I’m working on two.
And, no, the one-act version doesn’t count. I’m talking about two MORE plays.
Back in May of 2013, I was having trouble with hardcore post-natal insomnia so I was looking for something heavy/boring to read before bed in the hopes that it would help me fall asleep. I had been meaning, for ages, to read the original fairy tale that inspired Three Oranges. As you may recall, my play is an adaptation of Carlo Gozzi’s commedia dell’arte scenario which is, in turn, an adaptation of the story The Three Citrons from Giambattista Basile’s Il Pentamerone which is a seventeenth-century Italian fairy tale collection. But not just any fairy tale collection! It’s commonly thought to be the first one, it’s the basis for almost everything written by The Brothers Grimm AND it’s the first written appearances of most of the best known fairy tales like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, etc. It’s basically THE fairy tale collection, from a historical standpoint.
God help me, I’m a fairy tale nerd. I know. Why do you think I love Jim Henson’s The Storyteller so much? Read more. . . »