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The King Stag set design

Drama Productions: Past Productions

The King Stag

By Carlo Gozzi
Adapted and directed by Natalya Baldyga
In Collaboration with Daniel McCusker

February 16-18 and 23-25, 2017

"Really enjoyed Tufts Department of Drama and Dance's performance of Carlo Gozzi's 'The King Stag' adapted & directed by Natalya Baldyga!" Tufts President Anthony Monaco via Twitter

Angela found the love of her life and was preparing to live happily ever after. But now her beloved king has been enchanted and his evil advisor has taken over the kingdom! What’s a girl to do? Welcome to Carlo Gozzi's magical fairy tale of love and laughter, of transformation and treachery. Delighting audiences since its premiere in eighteenth-century Venice, The King Stag combines hilarious physical comedy with theatrical beauty and charming romance. Will good triumph over evil? Can love really conquer all? And what’s up with the mysterious parrot that’s popping up everywhere?

In the prologue, director Natalya Baldyga discusses her passion for the production: "This production is a result of a thirty-year love affair. I first encountered The King Stag as a young college student, when I worked for Italian director Giovanni Pampiglione in Rome. I would go on to research and write about Carlo Gozzi in college, graduate school, and beyond. Producing my own translation and adaptation has allowed me to combine my scholarly interests in eighteenth-century theatre with my artistic love of physical theatre."

All proceeds from the Saturday, February 25th show of The King Stag were donated to the support the Tufts Swipe It Forward program. "Swipe It Forward" is a combined initiative from Dining Services, TCU Senate, and OSSA to provide a platform for students to donate their meal swipes to other students in order to alleviate ongoing food insecurity on campus. The mission is to provide a confidential and efficient way for students who may be having difficulty finding their next meal receive the help they deserve. Learn more about how you can help. 

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