The Myrtle by Hillary DePiano, adapted from the fairy tale by Giambattista Basile (The Tale of Tales)


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The Myrtle

adapted from the fairy tale by Giambattista Basile

by Hillary DePiano

Looking for a large cast comedy play script with plenty of female roles for your next festival or drama competition? You’ll find a winning combo of slapstick and sentimentality in The Myrtle!

When a trio of sneaky suitors steal a beautiful myrtle tree and gift it to the prince, they don’t know it transformers into a fairy maiden at sundown. But now the prince must right the wrong and reunite myrtle and mother at the risk of losing the woman he loves. A weird and wacky romantic comedy about family and flaws inspired by the Italian fairy tale.

Love blooms in this modern adaptation of The Myrtle from Giambattista Basile’s The Tale of Tales (Il Pentamerone, Lo cunto de li cunti).

  • Comedy / Fantasy
  • 5 m 8 w (5-20+ performers possible)
  • 30-40 minutes


  • Simple, flexible staging.
  • Large cast with majority female roles.
  • Opportunities for physical comedy, masked commedia dell’arte and improvisation.
  • Great length for drama competitions and classroom study.

Posted on

July 30, 2017