Hillary DePiano

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The fantastic premiere production of The Tale of Tales at Rutgers Prep

The fantastic premiere production of The Tale of Tales at Rutgers Prep

Posted by on Nov 30, 2017 in Announcements, News, Contests and Giveaways, Goosed, Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), The Fourth Orange, The Love of Three Oranges, The Myrtle | 0 comments

Since early 2003, you’ve been hearing me talk about my project adapting the Italian fairy tale collection, Giambattista Basile’s The Tale of Tales aka the Pentamerone, into a whole bunch of plays. There are six tales plays from this project finished so (of what I think will eventually be twelve tales total), this fall, I wrote material that...

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Adapting Giambattista Basile’s The She Bear from The Tale of Tales

Adapting Giambattista Basile’s The She Bear from The Tale of Tales

Posted by on Jan 26, 2016 in Goosed, On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), Playwriting, The She Bear | 0 comments

Yes, siree, only the highest quality Photoshopping is good enough for my blog… If you thought The Revenant would have been better if Leonardo DiCaprio & the bear fell in love HAVE I GOT A PLAY FOR YOU! The second of my Tale of Tales plays is now available for perusal and premieres and it’s The She Bear. There are two different versions of...

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Introducing Goosed! a new play in the style of classic Italian slapstick comedy

Introducing Goosed! a new play in the style of classic Italian slapstick comedy

Posted by on Oct 22, 2015 in Announcements, News, Contests and Giveaways, Goosed, Pentamerone (Tale of Tales) | 0 comments

It’s hard to say exactly what draws me to adaptation. Most of the time, I like something in it but hate the rest of it and I end up adapting it to “fix” whatever’s annoying me about the original. But every now and then, I read a story that just makes me say aloud, “This is just so terrible, I HAVE to adapt it.” The Goose...

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Prepare yourselves for a barrage of new one acts as I chop up my Tale of Tales full length play

Prepare yourselves for a barrage of new one acts as I chop up my Tale of Tales full length play

Posted by on Oct 20, 2015 in Goosed, Pentamerone (Tale of Tales) | 0 comments

It’s been 13 freaking years since I decided to read the Tale of Tales. Almost three years since I actually started reading it and realized I wanted to adapt, like, all of it. Nearly a year since I had to read it all over again because I realized I was reading an incomplete translation. Which is why it is with no small amount of pride and maybe a...

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