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


Vardiello by Hillary DePiano

Looking for an easy to produce 10 minute play that lets seniors and middle aged actors show off their comedy chops? Meet Vardiello.

Vardiello may not be very smart… or nice… or useful at all but his poor old mother still loves him. Even if she still has to treat him like a hopeless child when he’s a grown man. But when Vardiello’s selfishness costs them everything, will it be enough to push them both over the edge?

A modern adaptation of the 17th century Italian fairy tale by Giambattista Basile.

  • Comedy
  • 1 male, 1 female, 2 any (3 – 4 actors possible)
  • 10-15 minutes


  • Simple staging with minimal props.
  • Opportunity to showcase middle to senior aged performers.

This play is available for productions but unpublished.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


Posted on

July 24, 2016