Hillary DePiano

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Q3 Summer 2018: Swim all day, write all night!

Q3 Summer 2018: Swim all day, write all night!

Posted by on Sep 13, 2018 in Goosed, On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), The Fourth Orange, The Myrtle | 0 comments

I’m kind of torn on tracking my writing goals quarterly. On one hand, grouping them by season makes sense and I like having only four updates to write and post instead of 12 like before. But the downside is that, even though I wrote myself notes, three months is too long for me to remember what the heck I was doing at the start of the quarter so I...

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The Tale of Tales: the highly customizable, mix and match commedia style fairy tale play OF YOUR DREAMS

The Tale of Tales: the highly customizable, mix and match commedia style fairy tale play OF YOUR DREAMS

Posted by on Aug 31, 2018 in Announcements, News, Contests and Giveaways, Goosed, Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), The Fourth Orange, The Myrtle, The She Bear, Vardiello | 0 comments

What is The Tale of Tales play? Around this time last year, I announced the premiere of a brand new play, The Tale of Tales. Considering I’m in the midst of a many year project of adapting Giambattista Basile’s Tale of Tales collection in a dozen different ways, people were confused as that could be the title of a lot of different things...

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Hillary Writes All the Things 2017: my writing year debriefed

Hillary Writes All the Things 2017: my writing year debriefed

Posted by on Dec 27, 2017 in Goosed, Mummy Witch House, Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), The Complete Novels of Jane Austen Now New and Improved, The Fourth Orange, The King Stag, The Myrtle, WoC, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

As 2017 draws to a close, let’s take a look at how my year in writing went. I’m going to try to keep this short. I’ll fail, mind you, but that effort surely counts for something, no? For more details on any of this, you can see my whole writing year month by month here. (Keep in mind that my Writing Year starts in December, ends in...

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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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Adapting Giambattista Basile’s The She Bear from The Tale of Tales

Adapting Giambattista Basile’s The She Bear from The Tale of Tales

Posted by on Jan 26, 2016 in Goosed, On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), Playwriting, The She Bear | 0 comments

Yes, siree, only the highest quality Photoshopping is good enough for my blog… If you thought The Revenant would have been better if Leonardo DiCaprio & the bear fell in love HAVE I GOT A PLAY FOR YOU! The second of my Tale of Tales plays is now available for perusal and premieres and it’s The She Bear. There are two different versions of...

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Introducing Goosed! a new play in the style of classic Italian slapstick comedy

Introducing Goosed! a new play in the style of classic Italian slapstick comedy

Posted by on Oct 22, 2015 in Announcements, News, Contests and Giveaways, Goosed, Pentamerone (Tale of Tales) | 0 comments

It’s hard to say exactly what draws me to adaptation. Most of the time, I like something in it but hate the rest of it and I end up adapting it to “fix” whatever’s annoying me about the original. But every now and then, I read a story that just makes me say aloud, “This is just so terrible, I HAVE to adapt it.” The Goose...

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