by Carlo Gozzi
apapted by Steven Epp
directed by Nic Dimond
Season 14
April 14—May 18, 2002

Tartaglia, King of Monterotondo, hits town after 18 years of waging war to discover that his mother, the evil Tartagliona, has done away with his Queen, Ninetta, on a trumped up charge of crimes against nature. The Queen Mother, egged on by her scheming toady, the poet Brighella, is determined to hold on to the throne at all costs!

Little does the King know that his wife still lives, as do his children, the twins Barbarina and Renzo, who have survived a villainous attempt to do away with them and grown up in the care of Truffaldino and Smeraldina, the King's Sausage Maker and his Wife. Respectively.

The road to resolving this mess involves a sexy statue, a know-it-all stone head, a trip to Nowhere Mountain, a snake of biblical proportions and a mysterious Green Bird upon whom everything hinges.

Written in the 18th century by Carlo Gozzi and given a dash of rocket sauce by Steven Epp of Theatre de la Jeune Lune, The Green Bird is directed by Strawdog emeritus member Nic Dimond, director of The Waltz Invention, Measure for Measure and Return to the Howard Bowl.

Jennifer Avery
Michael Dailey *
Anita Deely
Chris Hainsworth
Calmon, The Big Giant Head
Tom Hickey
Accordion Ninja
Kat McDonnell *
Smeraldina, Sausage Mistress
Gregor Mortis
Ninja, Calmon's Hand
James Anthony Zoccoli
Tartaglia the King
Nic Dimond
Gregor Mortis
Production (Other)
Kimberly Senior
* = Strawdog company member
Photography by Jon Cole Media
Production photo by Chris Ocken
Photo by KBH Media
Photo by Donald Cardiff
Photo by John Flak
Photo by Dave Brennan
Photo by Heath Hays
Production photo by TCMcG Photography