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The King Stag

Carlo Gozzi, translated and adapted by Natalya Baldyga
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From the adaptor’s note: This play is full of transformations, and through the act of adaptation, it has undergone transformations of its own. I have sought to maintain the wonder of Gozzi’s fantastical world, with its magical creatures and enchantments, without presenting a museum piece. This version of THE KING STAG relinquishes the traditional masks of the commedia dell’arte, but maintains its improvisation and highly physical performance style. Additionally, by bringing Gozzi’s eighteenth-century tale into conversation with the present, I have made some significant changes—women, for example, have a much more active role than in the original.

Production Info

Cast: 8 total (3 female, 5 male, doubling, a chrous, bit parts)
Full Length Comedy (about 120 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Period Costumes
About the Author


  • Carlo Gozzi

    Carlo Gozzi was an eighteenth-century Venetian playwright, poet, and essayist. A fierce and skillful defender of the traditional Italian commedia dell'arte form, his dramatic works were popular in Italy and throughout Europe, particularly in Germany. His play, TURANDOT, was used as the basis for Giacomo Puccini's opera of the same name. He died in Venice in 1806 at the age of 85.

  • Natalya Baldyga

    Natalya Baldyga is a scholar, educator, and theatre maker whose adaptations include I HAVE SEEN HORIZONS: RUTH MOORE'S STORIES OF MAINE (written with Meg Taintor) (Opera House Arts) and Henrik Ibsen's THE LADY FROM THE SEA (Opera House Arts). She is also the author of BLOOD, BREATH, AND BONE: MEDITATIONS ON THE BODY DURING A TIME OF PLAGUE. In 2018, she and colleagues Wendy Arons and Sara Figal received the Excellence in Digital Scholarship Award from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) and the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) for the online edition of their new, complete, and annotated translation of G. E. Lessing's HAMBURG DRAMATURGY (Routledge 2019). Her scholarship focuses on the eighteenth-century theatre, and she has taught theatre history, theory, literature, and performance at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Gustavus Adolphus College, the Florida State University, and Tufts University. She holds a Ph.D. in Theatre Historiography from the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 2/16/2024
Pages 80
ISBN 9780881459920

Special Notes

Special Notes

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The King Stag is produced
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