real boi

Written by:

Camille Pavlenko

Artist/Creator(s) Identify As:

2SLGBTQIA+

Cast Size:
17

Roles For:

  • Men: 5
  • Women: 10

Genre:

Adaptation
Comedy
Drama
TYA

Themes:

Coming of Age
Gender
Identity

Length:

120 min.

Year Written:

2022

Synopsis:

An adaptation of Carlo Collodi’s “Pinocchio“, meant to resonate with a teenage audience and above (14+).

The play adapts Pinocchio’s journey through the lens of gender identity; requiring different
performers, with different gender identities to play Pinocchio as they try to discover what it
means to be a “real” boy, or girl, or non-binary young adult. Using the foundations laid by the
original classic, and healthy doses of both humour and pathos, this adaptation explores concepts of
masculinity, peer pressure, and coming of age in our complicated modern world.

Characters:

PINOCCHIO PRIMO – F, a young/tween Pinocchio, rascally and impulsive.
PINOCCHIO SECONDO – M, an older/teen Pinocchio, desperately aware of social standing.
PINOCCHIO TERZO – NB, a mature, balanced Pinocchio who, ultimately, chooses selflessness.

MASTRO PETTA – a humble carpenter and Pinocchio’s mother.

TREE #2 – our narrator.

The TALKING CRICKETs: Pinocchio’s attempted moral compass(es)
(to be played by one performer)
the TALKING CRICKET
the GHOST OF TALKING CRICKET
the SON OF TALKING CRICKET

BARTOLO – a fox-person and swindler. Not to be trusted.
BASILIO – a cat-person and swindler. Also not to be trusted.

Pinocchio’s classmates:

-Tosca’s Group-
TOSCA – NB, (The Blue Fairy) PINOCCHIO’s first best friend.
SILVIO – friend of TOSCA. An anxious poet.
COSI – friend of TOSCA. Well-meaning and supportive, but oblivious.

-Lampwick’s Group-
LAMPWICK – M, an alluring but damaged scoundrel. The alpha.
AMBROGIO – the beta of LAMPWICK’S group. Heavily influenced by his Stepdad’s ideals.
TONIO – the gamma of LAMPWICK’S group. Impulsive and rash, yet secretly smart.

ROSSINI – the schoolmaster. Tired.

PAGLIACCIO – (Fire-eater/Stromboli) the host of a popular talk show. Self-obsessed.

CESARE – a run-of-the-mill magic donkey seller. Sincerely evil.

Pinocchio ensemble:
At turns, these 3-6 are classmates, PAGLIACCIO’s TV programme “puppet” troupe Arlecchino and
Columbina, as well as TV producers, donkey boyz, puppeteers of the sea monster, funeral
attendees, other Trees.

First Produced:

Calgary Young Peoples Theatre - Calgary AB - December 2022

Resources:

The play can be accessed by contacting the author at camille.pavlenko@gmail.com

Notes:

*Unless otherwise indicated, all characters are open to being played by actors of any gender.

Warnings:

Some language, violence, bullying.