In all the moving / having a baby madness of the last year, I finished a play but forgot to actually tell anyone about it for almost an entire year! (Like, seriously 11 months almost to the day as I finished it on August 29th, 2016.) This play is The Myrtle, the fairy tale adaptation that actually started this whole gigantic Tale of Tales project in the first place.
In the end, it’s a good thing that I forgot to officially announce the play. I realized, after I finished the standalone version, that I really didn’t like the standalone version as much as the version from the 4th Orange full length. So, in the past few weeks, I rewrote it with a narrator (old version had none) which enabled me to put back a lot of my favorite jokes. I think the new versions is a lot better and I hope that you will too!
By Hillary DePiano
Based on the fairy tale by Giambattista Basile
30-40 minutes, 5 m 8 f (6-20+ performers possible)
A prince discovers his myrtle tree turns into a fairy maiden at sundown. Now he must fulfill his promise to help her find her way back home at the risk of losing both the tree and woman he loves. A modern, commedia style adaptation of the 17th century Italian fairy tale by Giambattista Basile.
(This is not my best synopsis work right here. I need to punch it up but I’m on a deadline for something secret I’ll tell you about soon so I’ll come back to it later!)
It’s got everything you could ask for in a fairy tale. Romance! Drama! Comedy! A surprising amount of gratuitous violence! Weird sex references for which there is no modern translations so you’ll just have to use your dirty, dirty imaginations! And all this somehow still manages to be something that the whole family (well, most of them) can enjoy. I’m just that good! 😛
If you’d like a free perusal copy, please let me know.
I will be sharing a much longer post in the future that goes more in-depth into the adaptation process for this play and everything that entailed but, for now, please consider it for all your performance needs!
My mailing list got some top secret info last night about this Tale of Tales project. I’m giving them the first crack at it but I’ll be making the whole thing available to the public in the near future. We’re looking at pre-orders and publication and other cool stuff so, stay tuned! The ending of this whole long project is in sight!*
*=Sort of. For this phase anyway.