Aquila Theatre, Company in Residence at NYU’s Center for Ancient Studies, Presents
Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author
Wednesday–Thursday April 20–21, 2011 at 8pm
Aquila Theatre’s exciting new production of Nobel Laureate Luigi Pirandello’s drama Six Characters in Search of an Author, dares to ask audiences to consider fundamental questions about the very nature of art and entertainment, blurring the lines between reality and artifice. Just as the original London audience at Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest rioted, the crowds in Rome erupted in cries of “Manicomio!” (Madhouse!) during the first performance. Yet ‘Six Characters’ went on to be considered a groundbreaking work and one of the most important plays of the twentieth century. The London Daily Telegraph described the work as “combining intellect with raw emotion and remaining highly influential”.
The production, directed by Desiree Sanchez, is performed in mask and based on Peter Meineck’s research on how the tragic mask operated in performance from the perspective of the spectator and in relationship to the surrounding environment. It also brings to life Pirandello’s original suggestion that the play be performed in mask.
NYU Skirball Center
566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square
New York, NY 10012
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