Mother Sweetapple (2009)

Our 2009 play was a tender tale set in the sultry Tuscan landscape of La Valle delle Roses of teenage love thwarted by stupid young male chauvinism and then rediscovered in maturity (well, relative maturity! How long does it take men to grow up?), of intrigue and attempted murder, of seduction and lycanthropy under a full moon, and the possibility of happiness even for someone with extremely big feet! Lycanthropy, by the way, is the transmutation of a human into a wolf. Be warned!

The Story

It’s Tuscany in 1340. A girl in a powder blue dress wanders in the scorching sun through a field of horse high sunflowers. Filippo, a hot headed young man and son of the local landowner, attempts to seduce her.Years later, now a rich merchant, he returns home. In his path is a woman, Mother Sweetapple, who has been locked in a walled garden for 21 years. Part fairy tale, part detective story, the play bit by bit reveals who she is and how time like sleep changes our perceptions and values.

Years later, now a rich merchant, he returns home. In his path is a woman, Mother Sweetapple, who has been locked in a walled garden for 21 years. Part fairy tale, part detective story, the play bit by bit reveals who she is and how time like sleep changes our perceptions and values.

Hilarious and bawdy, but poetic and challenging, too.