Hillary DePiano

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Turning what I wanted to write into what I needed to write

Turning what I wanted to write into what I needed to write

Posted by on Sep 27, 2018 in The Fourth Orange, The Green Bird, The Love of Three Oranges | 0 comments

The 2016 election threw us all for a loop that we’re still dealing with. Shortly after the election, I saw a tweet to the effect that you’ll probably be able to tell exactly where writers were in their manuscripts when the election happened and I thought this was interesting because this absolutely happened to me during the writing of The...

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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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Hillary Writes All the Things 2016: my year in writing debriefed

Hillary Writes All the Things 2016: my year in writing debriefed

Posted by on Dec 23, 2016 in Masks, NaNo What Now?, On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), The Complete Novels of Jane Austen Now New and Improved, The Fourth Orange, The Green Bird, The Love of Three Oranges, The She Bear, Three Padded Walls, Vardiello, WoC, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

2016 was a crap sandwich for just about everyone and I’m no exception. It was a crazy stressful year full of unexpected changes and pressures and so much of the future is still uncertain. But while 2016 felt like a big fat fail as I was living it, it actually turned out to be a pretty darn good year for writing, oddly enough. Let’s take a...

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Save big on my plays with holiday discounts from Playscripts and YouthPLAYS

Save big on my plays with holiday discounts from Playscripts and YouthPLAYS

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in Announcements, News, Contests and Giveaways, Masks, Polar Twilight, The Complete Novels of Jane Austen Now New and Improved, The Green Bird, The Love of Three Oranges, Three Padded Walls | 0 comments

If you’ve been waiting for the chance, to buy All The Plays by Hillary DePiano, now’s your chance! Both YouthPLAYS and Playscripts, who between them have 9 of my plays available, are running holiday sales but you gotta be quick to take advantage because both expire very soon! YouthPLAYS Until midnight on November 30th, 2016, you can take...

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How I Wrote The Green Bird (full length stage play adaptation & one act version)

How I Wrote The Green Bird (full length stage play adaptation & one act version)

Posted by on Sep 20, 2016 in Evergreen, On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Playwriting, The Green Bird, The Love of Three Oranges | 0 comments

Novelists have been doing this sort of post for a while, an all-in-one debrief on exactly how they wrote one of their books day by day (here’s one example and another but there are many out there), but it hasn’t caught on yet in the playwriting community. It’s a shame because writers are strangely secretive about their process when...

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Tips for performing a fantasy play and making magic & special effects on a school budget

Tips for performing a fantasy play and making magic & special effects on a school budget

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in Evergreen, Me, but Elsewhere, The Green Bird, The Love of Three Oranges | 0 comments

I did a guest post for the Playscripts blog on Friday called Frugal Fantasy: Making Magic on a Less Than Fantastical Budget filled with tips for making magical effects happen on the stage even if you’re working on a school or community theatre budget. It’s filled with examples from both The Love of Three Oranges and The Green Bird so head on...

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