Hillary DePiano

Hillary DePiano

Hillary DePiano is a playwright, fiction and non-fiction author best known for her play, The Love of Three Oranges which has been performed in theatres around the world, and her e-commerce blog The Whine Seller. She was the proud recipient of the 2002 C. Willard Smith Award for Creativity in Theatre for writing and directing The Love of Three Oranges and both the 2001 Julia Fonville Smithson Memorial Prize and...
Hillary DePiano is a playwright, fiction and non-fiction author best known for her play, The Love of Three Oranges which has been performed in theatres around the world, and her e-commerce blog The Whine Seller. She was the proud recipient of the 2002 C. Willard Smith Award for Creativity in Theatre for writing and directing The Love of Three Oranges and both the 2001 Julia Fonville Smithson Memorial Prize and 2001 West Branch Literary Prize for Fiction for her novella, The Author. Other works include the bestselling e-commerce title Beyond Amazon, eBay and Etsy, Daddy Issues (1-Act Play), and the holidays comedies Polar Twilight and New Year’s Thieve.

Plays

  • The She-Bear
    The Queen of Running Water wants her son to take a bride but the Prince flees rather than be snared himself. But, when a pack of hungry wolves nearly tear him apart, the very She-Bear he’d been hunting saves his life. There’s something unusual about the bear and the prince insists on treating her injuries back at the palace. As man and bear heal from their wounds, the Queen is horrified as a friendship forms...
    The Queen of Running Water wants her son to take a bride but the Prince flees rather than be snared himself. But, when a pack of hungry wolves nearly tear him apart, the very She-Bear he’d been hunting saves his life. There’s something unusual about the bear and the prince insists on treating her injuries back at the palace. As man and bear heal from their wounds, the Queen is horrified as a friendship forms between the two that makes the Prince forget his duties. But when the apparition of a beautiful princess appears in the bear’s enclosure then disappears without a trace, the prince starts to question his sanity as his mind twists around an impossible idea: Has he really fallen in love with a bear? Or are the princess and the bear one and the same? Magic and mayhem, romance and the ridiculous dance hand in paw in this modern adaptation of Giambattista Basile’s fairy tale where love is the best kind of madness. Comedy / Fantasy One Act 35-45 minutes 2 M 2 F (1 male roles can switch to female) Cast size: 4*-10+ (ensemble of wolves & the prince’s hunting party can be as large or small as needed) *=This play can be performed with as little as four actors but there is an alternate version that has additional speaking roles and gives the ensemble more to do for schools and groups looking to get more people involved.
  • Goosed!
    Kindness is as good as gold in this modern adaptation of Giambattista Basile's The Goose. When two poor sisters use what little money they have to save a strange goose from the butcher, the goose is so grateful it produces them piles of gold coins. But when their greedy neighbors want the treasure for themselves, they discover that this goose isn't so easily cooked. From a blood thirsty fowl with...
    Kindness is as good as gold in this modern adaptation of Giambattista Basile's The Goose. When two poor sisters use what little money they have to save a strange goose from the butcher, the goose is so grateful it produces them piles of gold coins. But when their greedy neighbors want the treasure for themselves, they discover that this goose isn't so easily cooked. From a blood thirsty fowl with golden stool to a careless prince who gets it in the end, soon everyone in this weird fairy tale is feeling the pinch. With a large cast, majority female roles, lots of physical comedy and room for improvisation, Goosed is a new play in the style of classic Italian slapstick comedy that's a literal butt-load of fun for all ages to watch and perform. Comedy / Fantasy One Act 35-40 minutes 6F 1M 5E Cast size: 10-unlimited Features -Flexible/simple staging -Large cast with majority female and gender neutral roles and an ensemble that can increase or decrease based on your casting needs. -Opportunities for physical comedy, improvisation and puppets.
  • Three Padded Walls
    The doctors want to lock Jenny away forever but her mother thinks she can break the cycle. She only needs one more chance to get through to that fractured mind. But Jenny's a mess, babbling about missing walls and invisible watchers. Is she crazy? Or is she the only one who really knows what's going on? Meta/Horror Drama Run Time: 10 minutes 2 Female, 1 Neutral 1 woman in her teens or...
    The doctors want to lock Jenny away forever but her mother thinks she can break the cycle. She only needs one more chance to get through to that fractured mind. But Jenny's a mess, babbling about missing walls and invisible watchers. Is she crazy? Or is she the only one who really knows what's going on? Meta/Horror Drama Run Time: 10 minutes 2 Female, 1 Neutral 1 woman in her teens or early 20s 1 middle aged woman 1 adult character of either gender of variable age Simple staging. No scene changes. Minimal props. No adult language.
  • Weak Days
    6-7 Gender Neutral roles 40 - 45 minutes (One Act) We've all got our routines. It’s comfortable, doing the same thing every day. But when something makes you stop and really look at your life you may find yourself wondering, is this really living? Are you making the most of the time you have or are your days, well, weak? Weak Days zooms out and looks at our daily routines from a new perspective as all...
    6-7 Gender Neutral roles 40 - 45 minutes (One Act) We've all got our routines. It’s comfortable, doing the same thing every day. But when something makes you stop and really look at your life you may find yourself wondering, is this really living? Are you making the most of the time you have or are your days, well, weak? Weak Days zooms out and looks at our daily routines from a new perspective as all five weekdays play out at simultaneously across the stage in a comic ballet where timing is everything because it’s all we have. Follow a three week journey to shake up the daily routine and figure out what it means to live a little.
  • Daddy Issues
    Amelia’s looking for love in all the wrong faces. Though she's packed her baggage and dragged it to date after date, the memory of her father still haunts her. But when she meets a strangely familiar face in the subway, she’ll finally have to confront the ghost of her past. A drama in one act. *Approximate Run Time: 15 to 20 minutes *Roles for 1 female, 1 male, 3 either gender *Simple staging...
    Amelia’s looking for love in all the wrong faces. Though she's packed her baggage and dragged it to date after date, the memory of her father still haunts her. But when she meets a strangely familiar face in the subway, she’ll finally have to confront the ghost of her past. A drama in one act. *Approximate Run Time: 15 to 20 minutes *Roles for 1 female, 1 male, 3 either gender *Simple staging *Dramatic monologue for a woman in her 20s or 30s
  • New Year's Thieve
    It’s New Year’s Eve at the North Pole but the work of the holidays isn't over. Father Time’s warehouse is under renovation and Santa’s Workshop is bursting at the stocking seams trying to house the world’s New Year shipment. The extra pressure isn't helping head elf Murry tolerate the festivities on what’s already his least favorite holiday. They've almost made it to midnight when an unexpected,...
    It’s New Year’s Eve at the North Pole but the work of the holidays isn't over. Father Time’s warehouse is under renovation and Santa’s Workshop is bursting at the stocking seams trying to house the world’s New Year shipment. The extra pressure isn't helping head elf Murry tolerate the festivities on what’s already his least favorite holiday. They've almost made it to midnight when an unexpected, and strangely familiar, caller in an old silk hat appears looking for the boss. He’s convinced he’s cursed and searching for a cure that may even be beyond Santa Claus’ powers. When the situation turns desperate and the visitor turns thief, will Time be on their side? Can the elves restore the light of the future before the ball drops on another year? New Year’s Thieve is a holiday comedy in one act for all ages from the author of The Love of Three Oranges and Polar Twilight. Run Time: 30 - 35 minutes 2 Male, 3 Female, 3 Either 7 to 10+ actors possible