The King Stag (2000)

  • Sep 14, 2000 - Sep 28, 2000

  • Loeb Drama Center

  • Run Time: 90 minutes with no intermission

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One of the best loved and most successful of A.R.T. productions, The King Stag has delighted audiences worldwide, and returns prior to a new national tour as a special treat for the whole family. Gozzi’s magical tale brings to life King Deramo, the faithful Angela who loves him, his treacherous prime minister Tartaglia, several hare-brained members of his court, a magician, a parrot, magical stags, and a giant bear. It’s a fairy tale for all ages, a story of love and betrayal, intrigue and mirth, magic spells and pageantry. The scene is the Oriental kingdom of Serendippo and the forest of Miracoli.


Deramo, king of the Oriental kingdom of Serendippo, is searching for a wife. With the aid of a magical statue, he has already interviewed and rejected 748 candidates before meeting Angela, the beautiful daughter of his Second Minister. She alone loves him not for his crown but for himself.

Unfortunately Angela is also loved by the evil Tartaglia, Prime Minister of Serendippo, who is determined that the King shall marry his daughter Clarice.

Soon Tartaglia has hatched a terrible plan. He discovers that Deramo knows a magic spell with which he can transfer his soul into the body of a dead creature. When the King and his court are out hunting in the enchanted forest of Miracoli, Tartaglia seizes his moment and challenges Deramo to demonstrate his magical powers by sending his soul into the corpse of a stag they have just killed. The King does so, whereupon Tartaglia, repeating the spell, implants his own spirit in the dead body of the King.

Mayhem ensues, and for a time all seems lost for Deramo and Angela. But this is a fairy tale, and as in all the best fairy tales, everything ends happily ever after.

Most recent tour concluded at the Barbican Centre, London, August 15 – September 2, 2001.

This production and its tour have been made possible in part by the generous support of AT&T.

The King Stag has been made possible, in part, by a generous grant from The Annenberg Foundation.

The King Stag is part of CrossCurrents, a major multi-year initiative of the A.R.T. and the Prince Music Theater in Philadelphia, designated to create and sustain a body of new music theater works. CrossCurrents is sponsored by Philip Morris Companies, Inc.


Ciglotti, Durandarte’s servant Jeremy Rabb
Durandarte, a magician and voice of Ciglotti’s parrot Anthony Cistaro
Brighella, a valet to the King Todd Thomas Peters
Smeraldina, Brighella’s sister Sophia Fox-Long
Truffaldino, birdcatcher, in love with Smeraldina Kevin Bergen
Tartaglia, prime minister and secretary to the King, in love with Angela D’metrius Conley-Williams
Clarice, Tartaglia’s daughter, in love with Leandro Kristine Goto
Leandro, son of Pantalone, a courtier Jeremy Proctor
Pantalone, second minister to the King, father of Leandro and Angela Evan Zes
Angela, daughter of Pantalone, in love with the King Sarah Howe
Deramo, the King Jay Boyer
Understudies/Movement of shadow puppets, marionettes, and kites Amanda Blair Brown, Matthew Francis, Aysan Çelik, Jesse Hawkes, Naeemah A. White-Peppers
set design by Michael H. Yeargan
lighting adapted by John Ambrosone
sound adapted by Christopher Walker
production restaged by Abbie Katz
stage manager Victoria Sewell
assistant stage manager J.P. Phillips
blue people coordinator Kelli Edwards