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


When a pack of wolves nearly tear the prince apart, the very She-Bear he’d been hunting saves his life. As man and beast heal from their wounds, the prince starts to wonder: Is he losing his mind? Or has he really fallen in love with a bear? Magic and mayhem, romance and the ridiculous dance hand in paw in this modern adaptation of the Italian fairy tale where love is the best kind of madness.

An adaptation of The She-Bear from Giambattista Basile’s The Tale of Tales (Il Pentamerone, Lo cunto de li cunti).

  • Comedy / Fantasy
  • One Act
  • 35-45 minutes
  • 1 Male 2 Female 1 Any
  • Cast size: 4-10+ (ensemble of wolves & the prince’s hunting party can be as large or small as needed)


  • Small cast with majority female roles.
  • Opportunity to add additional performers and an ensemble as needed.
  • Great length for drama competitions and classroom study.

This play is available for productions but unpublished. Members of the New Play Exchange can read it in its entirety for free here.