The Serpent Woman is a rarely performed tragicomic fable originally written in 1762. It is part of the theatrical tradition of commedia dell’arte, which began in Italy in the 16th century, and is characterized by the use of masked, stock characters and a highly physical style of comic acting. Gozzi’s classic plays mix the magic of fairy tales with the commedia tradition.
The Theater Program of Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges strives to foster creative collaboration between students and faculty, and its productions have won accolades from area critics for years. The Program’s production of The Serpent Woman is high energy and filled with beautiful oversized puppets and masks made by the actors and director, Aaron Cromie, who is known for his work in the commedia form and in mask making and puppetry.