Hillary DePiano

Hillary DePiano

Hillary DePiano is a playwright and author of fiction and non-fiction, best known for her adaptations of Carlo Gozzi's The Love of Three Oranges and The Green Bird, which have been performed in theaters around the world (15 countries and counting!). A folk and fairy-tale nerd, Hillary has mucked with myths from the nursery to the North Pole in over two dozen plays and other fiction works.

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Hillary DePiano is a playwright and author of fiction and non-fiction, best known for her adaptations of Carlo Gozzi's The Love of Three Oranges and The Green Bird, which have been performed in theaters around the world (15 countries and counting!). A folk and fairy-tale nerd, Hillary has mucked with myths from the nursery to the North Pole in over two dozen plays and other fiction works.

For more information about her books, plays, and blogs or to connect via social media, visit HillaryDePiano.com.

Plays

  • The Fourth Orange and Other Fairy Tales You've Never Even Heard Of
    It’s bedtime bedlam when a washed up clown tries to sell three unruly princesses on something other than their fairy tale favorites. Cinderella, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty... these are just a few beloved classics that Truffaldino will NOT be reading tonight because you’ve heard them a zillion times already and, frankly, he’s sick of them. Instead, he’ll be dusting off four of the weirdest, wildest and most...
    It’s bedtime bedlam when a washed up clown tries to sell three unruly princesses on something other than their fairy tale favorites. Cinderella, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty... these are just a few beloved classics that Truffaldino will NOT be reading tonight because you’ve heard them a zillion times already and, frankly, he’s sick of them. Instead, he’ll be dusting off four of the weirdest, wildest and most downright hilarious fairy tales you’ve never even heard of. But will his new spin on these old tales be enough to get his sneaky nieces asleep in time? This funny and flexible adaptation of Giambattista Basile’s classic, The Tale of Tales, is told in the slapstick tradition of classic Italian theatre with a modern twist.

    100-120 minutes (60 minute option also available)
    25w 12m 11any (11 to 60+ performers possible)
  • The Raven / Lenore
    A man is mourning his lost love when he is visited by the ghostly specter of a raven. But the raven is not what it seems and some ghosts don't want to be forgotten. A short drama inspired by Edgar Allen Poe's poem The Raven that offers a new twist on exactly what, or who, The Raven truly is.

    1 m, 1 w, 1 n
    2-4 actors possible
    Run time < 10 minutes
  • The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Storm
    Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Storm? Not the little pig with the emergency plan! Now if only the other two would at least do something to save their bacon before the Big Bad Storm comes to whoosh and swoosh and knock stuff down. This new twist on the fairy tale classic introduces storm safety and prep in a safe and funny way to remind audiences of all ages that they don’t need to be scared of storms to take them...
    Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Storm? Not the little pig with the emergency plan! Now if only the other two would at least do something to save their bacon before the Big Bad Storm comes to whoosh and swoosh and knock stuff down. This new twist on the fairy tale classic introduces storm safety and prep in a safe and funny way to remind audiences of all ages that they don’t need to be scared of storms to take them seriously.

    Comedy For Young Performers
    16 parts of any gender (with room to add more if needed), can be done with as few as 8 performers
    10 minutes
  • Arm Candy
    A funny, feminist fairy tale play!

    Betta’s father won’t stop nagging her to get married but those suitors don’t care that she’s a brilliant inventor, they’re only looking for some arm candy! When she builds herself a handsome man out of sugar and brings him to life, it seems like the perfect solution. But when a queen covets her groom and steals him from their wedding, Betta must save both her...
    A funny, feminist fairy tale play!

    Betta’s father won’t stop nagging her to get married but those suitors don’t care that she’s a brilliant inventor, they’re only looking for some arm candy! When she builds herself a handsome man out of sugar and brings him to life, it seems like the perfect solution. But when a queen covets her groom and steals him from their wedding, Betta must save both her handcrafted husband and reputation before time runs out. The result is part 17th Century gender-flipped steampunk Frankenstein, part madcap ensemble romantic comedy and all around fun! Alchemy and elbow grease replace wishes and magic in this modern retelling of the Italian fairy tale Pintosmalto from Giambattista Basile’s The Tale of Tales (Il Pentamerone, Lo cunto de li cunti).

    Comedy / Fantasy
    35-45 Minutes
    2 male, 3 female, 1 any (4-7+ performers possible)
  • Weak Days
    Winner of the one-act category of The Chameleon Theatre Circle’s 16th Annual New Play Contest

    We've all got our routines. It’s comfortable, doing the same thing every day... but is that really living? 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.

    6-7 Gender Neutral...
    Winner of the one-act category of The Chameleon Theatre Circle’s 16th Annual New Play Contest

    We've all got our routines. It’s comfortable, doing the same thing every day... but is that really living? 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.

    6-7 Gender Neutral roles
    40 - 45 minutes (One Act)
  • 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?

    Run Time: 30 - 35 minutes
    2 Male, 3 Female, 3 Either
    7 to 10+ actors possible
  • The Fourth Orange
    A fast and funny fairy tale play!

    There were only supposed to be three oranges.

    All Franceschina had to do was deliver one measly basket of sausages to the witch and go on her way. But, no, she had to play the hero and ended up cursed and forgotten, caught in the crossfire of someone else’s fairy tale. Well, she’s learned her lesson. From now on, she’s minding her own business and...
    A fast and funny fairy tale play!

    There were only supposed to be three oranges.

    All Franceschina had to do was deliver one measly basket of sausages to the witch and go on her way. But, no, she had to play the hero and ended up cursed and forgotten, caught in the crossfire of someone else’s fairy tale. Well, she’s learned her lesson. From now on, she’s minding her own business and leaving the action to the real heroes. But when a dragon is destroying an entire kingdom and nobody will do anything about it, she’'ll have to decide the role she wants to play in her own story and what really makes a hero. A mash-up of the Italian fairy tale, The Merchant, from Giambattista Basile’s The Tale of Tales (Il Pentamerone, Lo cunto de li cunti) with characters from Carlo Gozzi’s The Love of Three Oranges, The Fourth Orange is a wacky commedia-style fairy tale adaptation for all ages.

    Comedy / Fantasy
    20-30 minutes
    4 m, 6 f, 5 any (7-20+ actors possible)
    Flexible staging, lots of small speaking parts and things for the ensemble to do, tons of fun for all ages to watch and perform!
  • The Myrtle
    A fast and funny fairy tale play!

    When a talented gardener wishes for a child, instead she gives birth to a sprig of a myrtle that she loves like a daughter. But when thieves make off with the marvelous tree and gift it to the prince, he discovers the secret of the fairy that shares the plant’s destiny. Now the prince must keep his promise to help reunite myrtle and mother at the risk of losing...
    A fast and funny fairy tale play!

    When a talented gardener wishes for a child, instead she gives birth to a sprig of a myrtle that she loves like a daughter. But when thieves make off with the marvelous tree and gift it to the prince, he discovers the secret of the fairy that shares the plant’s destiny. Now the prince must keep his promise to help reunite myrtle and mother at the risk of losing the woman he loves. Love blooms in this modern adaptation of the Italian fairy tale from Giambattista Basile’s The Tale of Tales (Il Pentamerone, Lo cunto de li cunti) where fantasy, romance and commedia-style slapstick provide fertile grounds for an unforgettable production.
  • The She-Bear
    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 question his sanity as his mind twists around an impossible idea: 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...
    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 question his sanity as his mind twists around an impossible idea: 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 the Italian fairy tale from Giambattista Basile’s The Tale of Tales (Il Pentamerone, Lo cunto de li cunti) where love is the best kind of madness.

    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)
  • Goosed!
    A fast and funny fairy tale comedy in one-act!

    When two poor sisters use what little money they have to save a strange goose from the butcher, the animal is so grateful it produces them piles of gold coins. But when their greedy neighbors want the treasure for themselves, they discover this goose isn’t so easily cooked. From a blood thirsty fowl with golden stool to a careless prince who gets it...
    A fast and funny fairy tale comedy in one-act!

    When two poor sisters use what little money they have to save a strange goose from the butcher, the animal is so grateful it produces them piles of gold coins. But when their greedy neighbors want the treasure for themselves, they discover 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 wacky commedia-style fairy tale is feeling the pinch. With a large cast, majority female roles, lots of physical comedy and room for improvisation, Goosed is a fairy tale in the style of classic Italian slapstick comedy that’s a literal butt-load of fun for all ages to watch and perform. Kindness is as good as gold in this modern adaptation of the Italian fairy tale The Goose from Giambattista Basile’s The Tale of Tales (Il Pentamerone, Lo cunto de li cunti)

    Comedy / Fantasy
    One Act
    25-35 minutes
    6 Female 1 Male 5 Any
    Cast size: 11-unlimited

    Features
    Flexible/simple staging
    Large cast with majority female roles and an ensemble that can increase or decrease based on your casting needs.
    Opportunities for physical comedy, improvisation and puppets.
    School friendly version with tamer content available.
    Great length for drama competitions and classroom study.
  • Vardiello
    How much damage can one half-wit do before his mother gives him the boot? A modern adaptation the 17th century Italian fairy tale by Giambattista Basile.

    Comedy
    1 m, 1 f, 2 e
    10 minutes
  • 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...
    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