Cover art by Will Lowry

Once upon a Bride There was a Forest

Kristen Palmer
Book Item Icon $15.95
PDF ePlay Item Icon
Enter total users


After Warren proposes to Josie, she decides she must make one last attempt to find her long-lost father before she walks down the aisle. What she finds instead is a dangerous, seductive world of secrets and magic from which she may not want to escape. ONCE UPON A BRIDE THERE WAS A FOREST is a lyrical, haunting, and surprisingly funny fairy tale about children and parents, forgetting and remembering, and the power of a good story to capture us or set us free.

Production Info

Cast: 6 total (3 female, 3 male)
Full Length Dark Comedy (about 100 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Contemporary Costumes
Categories: , Tag:

Press Quotes

“Playwright Kristen Palmer crafts a contemporary fairytale that feels timeless. She gives us a classic hero’s journey and a variation on princess tales while subtly subverting and exploring classic tropes of the genre. Evil queens, magic spells, true love quests: Palmer touches on all these without patting herself on the back or spelling things out for the audience. She gives Once Upon A Bride … a dream-like feeling that weaves its own lyrical spell.” —Amanda LaPergola, Theatre is Easy

“Palmer weaves a bit of Dark Shadows, a wee bit of Rocky Horror, a flicker of Twilight Zone and even a hint of The Wizard of Oz into a full-length comedy-drama-thriller perfect for a dark night when hopes seem thin.” —Jon Sobel, BlogCritics

About the Author


  • Kristen Palmer

    Kristen Palmer's plays include THINGS YOU CAN DO, ONCE UPON A BRIDE THERE WAS A FOREST, THE STRAY DOG, THE MELTING POINT, LOCAL STORY, THE HEART IN YOUR CHEST, DEPARTURES, and GLOUCESTER POINT. They have been produced and presented in New York City, Los Angeles, Seattle, and elsewhere. She has been a Women's Project Lab Member collaborating on the Off-Broadway production WE PLAY FOR THE GODS, a Jerome Fellow at the Playwrights Center, New Georges associate artist, Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab Member, and a company member of Printer’s Devil Theatre in Seattle. She is a graduate of Bretton Hall College in Yorkshire, England and holds an MFA from Hunter College where she studied with Tina Howe and Mark Bly and won both the Zarkower and Goldberg Prizes.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 7/26/2017
Pages 64
ISBN 9780881457247

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:
The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
Once upon a Bride There was a Forest is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC


Upcoming and Recent Productions


5/31/2024 – 6/9/2024
Orono, ME

5/10/2022 – 5/10/2022
Green Bay Community Theater
Green Bay, WI

3/6/2020 – 3/7/2020
Battle Creek Central High School
Battle Creek, MI

11/8/2018 – 11/10/2018
Colonial Forge High School
Stafford, VA

10/26/2018 – 10/27/2018
Marriot Norfolk Waterside
Norfolk, VA