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THE LOVE OF THREE ORANGES

a play with some music and singing and maybe even a little dancing

Adaptation, Original Songs and Lyrics
by Meg Sturiano

Music and Arrangements
by Benji Goldsmith

Based on the commedia dell’arte scenario by Carlo Gozzi, The Love of Three Oranges is the story of a sad prince who is cursed by a cruel witch to search the ends of the earth for three mysterious oranges. Romance, rap battles, and rubber chickens abound in this new free-wheeling, fast-paced, and family-friendly instant classic.

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Lights up! And...the cast is refusing to perform the show. The Chorus confides in the audience that the actors fear the once proud commedia tradition is nothing more than a fading memory in our collective pop culture consciousness—like jeggings, and Livestrong bracelets, and Charlie Sheen’s career. 

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King Silvio of Diamonds is in despair because his only son and heir is inexplicably sick and sad. Il Dottore's diagnosis--terminal hypochondria. Pantalone's opinion--the doctor is a Hippocratic oaf. There's only one way to settle the score between these classic commedia rivals--an old-school Rap Battle!

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Celebrity clown Truffaldino and the Royal Subjects give blue-blooded brat Prince Tartaglia some advice—live a little, see the world, just Don't Leave Home Without Your Rubber Chicken!

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At the Kingdom of Diamond's Laughtival 2018, The Clementine Quintet competes for a huge cash reward (and tickets to the Canadian Tour of Mamma Mia!) with their tune to cheer the prince--Okay, Cupid.

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The King's conniving niece Clarice, her lover Leandro, and their lowly lacky Brighella perform as super group The Great Depressions. To ensure the prince remains too apathetic and miserable to inherit the throne, they ask the age-old existential question—Why Bother (Doing Anything at All)?

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Disguised as a little old lady, the cruel witch Fata Morgana accidentally makes Prince Tartaglia laugh by falling on her butt and flashing her granny-panties. Fata sends him on a perilous quest for three oranges--and also tries to find a rhyme for the word oranges--in The Curse of Three Oranges.

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Celia the cool witch comes to slay and save the day (without being late to Oprah's for Girls' Night and getting stuck with Gweneth for Pictionary) in Spellmation.

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On their journey to find the three oranges, Prince Tartaglia lets Truffaldino know he'll be there for him in the buddy duet I've Got Your Back, Friend. Could this song BE any sappier?

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Literally no one hates clowns. So Truffaldino--along with a Dog, Cook, Rope and Gate--serenades the wicked hag Creonta with the show-stopper Orange of My Eye, while Prince Tartaglia makes off with the three oranges.

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Overworked and under-appreciated henchwoman Smeraldina tells her evil overlord the party's over--and she is not throwin' away her shot(a)—in "I'm Not Your Piñata, Fata!"

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Smeraldina finally steals the scene(a!) in I'm Not Your Piñata, Fata: Reprise!

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After discovering that Truffaldino has opened the first two oranges, Prince Tartaglia decides that he can no longer wait to find his destiny that lies inside the beautiful rind of the third orange. 

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Fata is More-gone-a for good. The villains get what they have coming to them. And King Silvio finally realizes niece rhymes with Clarice. Now it's time for the Royal Wedding of Tartaglia and Ninetta! There will be cocktail weenies and  super atomic hot wings! Mason jars and photobooths like hipsters have at their weddings! Even the King of Diamond's estranged cousin Neil will be there for the festivities.

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Production photos and footage from Hunter College High School, NYC. April 2018.
Direction: Meg Sturiano
Musical Direction: Benji Goldsmith
Set Design: Kyle Dixon
Lighting and Projection Design: Kevin Scott
Costume Design: Meg Sturiano
Photo Credit: Kevin Scott and Rob Fuller
Videography: Kevin Chiu and Kevin Yu
Demo tracks performed by Benji Goldsmith and Meg Sturiano

The Love of Three Oranges
Copyright © 2018
All rights reserved.


Please contact us at theloveof3oranges@gmail.com

© Benji Goldsmith 2019