The magician Norando's gift to the King of Serendippo almost leads to disaster when the evil Prime Minister uses it to impersonate the King, usurp his power, marry his betrothed - and turn the King himself into a stag! A living statue, a wise-cracking parrot, and a host of characters from commedia dell'arte join the action. Ultimately the King's young bride sees through the Prime Minister's plot and returns her proper husband to the throne. A high-spirited romance enlivened by such delightful characters as the resourceful servant Truffaldino, the crotchety Pantalone, the boastful yet cowardly General Spavento, and the endlessly talkative Smeraldina.
From the authors of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
"This play is a winner. It captures the sheer fun of the Italian comic tradition; it offers something to delight both children and adults; and it allows for either elaborate or simple production values." - Moses Goldberg, Producing Director, Louisville's Stage One