PSA Conference – Global Legacies: Pirandello across Centuries and Media – 16 September 2017

The Pirandello Society of America presents its one-day conference

“Global Legacies – Pirandello across Centuries and Media”

Saturday 16 September 2017, 8:00 am – 6:30 pm

Hunter College, CUNY, 695 Park Ave, New York City

Celebrating the 150th anniversary of Luigi Pirandello’s birth, this one-day conference sponsored by the Pirandello Society of America seeks a broad spectrum of contributions that evaluate and illuminate Pirandello’s legacies on world theatre, literature, cinema, and other media over a period of more than a hundred years. We encourage contributions that are interdisciplinary and engage with a variety of theoretical models when looking at Pirandello’s work and its multifaceted resonance.

English is the official language of the Conference.

Keynote Speaker: Pietro Frassica, Princeton University

Attendance is free and open to the public.

The full program for the conference is available. Click here to read.

For further information about The Pirandello Society of America please visit our website at: and Facebook page:

The Pirandello Society of America is pleased to be featured among a series of international conferences being held across the globe in honor of Pirandello’s 150th anniversary: Pirandello International 2017, Pirandello in a Globalized World. From Agrigento to Rome, Johannesburg to Munich, these events demonstrate the world-spanning reach of Pirandello’s influence today. More information and the full calendar for the international conference series can be found online:

The Giants of the Mountain by Luigi Pirandello – Reading at Theaterlab

On October 15, 2013 the Pirandello Society of America sponsored a reading of Pirandello’s The Giants of the Mountain, a “myth” between fable and reality that Pirandello continued to imagine, write, and rework from 1929 to 1934, but eventually left unfinished despite encouraging contracts with American impresarios. Yet, in its present form, the play vibrates with the powerful contradictions of sublime Art torn between the inner necessity to reach out to spectators who may not understand it and the temptation to abandon the world altogether. It was, in the playwright’s opinion, the culmination of his artistic endeavors.

The reading was directed by Stebos (Stefano Boselli) in collaboration with Theatreplots (see link for pictures of the event).
Within the series “NOT Made in Italy – Displacement as Creativity” at Theaterlab, it was part of the celebrations for the Year of Italian Culture in the United States.

For the evening’s program in pdf, click here.


The Pirandello Festival – All One-Act Plays at The Players in New York City

Henry IV – Reading by Red Bull Theater

On Monday 9 January 2012 Red Bull Theater presents a reading of Pirandello’s Henry IV in a new version by Tom Stoppard. Directed by Jack O’Brien it features Richard Easton, Jennifer Ehle, Victor Garber, Mamie Gummer, and Patrick Page among others.

The show starts at 7:30 pm at The Mainstage Theater, 416 West 42nd Street in New York City.

For more info see Red Bull Theater’s website.

“Her Maestro’s Echo” – The Actress Who Conquered Broadway in an Evening

Professor Pietro Frassica presents:
The Actress Who Conquered Broadway in an Evening

with a letter dialogue between
Adapted by Mimi Gisolfi D’Aponte
Read by Meghan Duffy and Ric Randig
19 November 2010
24 West 12th St, New York City

You are invited!

For pics of the event click here (© Jane House 2010)

Print flyer by clicking here

For a review of the event on i-Italy, click here.

Print article
“Marta Abba, Luigi Pirandello, and the Cleveland Connection” by Alfonso D’Emilia (PSA XVIII pp. 81-85)
by clicking here.

Pirandello reads to Marta Abba

50th Anniversary Celebration of the Pirandello Society of America and its Founder, Marta Abba

Readings of letters and Pirandello’s one act “The Other Son”
Post-performance panel discussion with, among others:
Pietro Frassica, Princeton University
Jane House, Artistic Director, Jane House Productions
Benito Ortolani, emeritus, City University of New York
Janice Capuana, dramaturg and doctoral student in theatre

The evening is cosponsored by

the Center for the Study of Women and Society,

The Graduate Center,

The City University of New York

and Jane House Productions

May 13, 2009

Elebash Recital Hall
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue (at 34th Street)

New York, NY
6PM: admission is free; open to the public

Pirandello and His Influence

February, 2009

Pirandello and His Influence on Playwrights All Over the World

The Doctor’s Duty (Il dovere del medico) by Luigi Pirandello – Director, Valentina Fratti

Bait by Mario Fratti –  with Lupita Ferrer and Julia Paulson, Director, William Paulson

February 25, 2009

Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò

24 West 12th St.

New York, New York 10010

6PM: admission is free; open to the  public