Eduardo DeFilippo’s Souls of Naples (Questi fantasmi) – Performance

Questi fantasmi

Production, starring John Turturro, directed by Roman Paska, produced by

Theatre for a New Audience, April 2-May 8, 2005, Duke Theatre

Souls of Naples April 2 – May 8, 2005

The sensational John Turturro stars as Pasquale Lojacono, in the American Premiere of a new translation of Souls of Naples, a modern, 1940’s classic by Eduardo De Filippo. The play is a bitter sweet comedy about marriage and De Filippo’s deep look into the souls of people in post World War II Naples. It features elements of puppetry, mask, and the absurd, all part of the bold vision of director Roman PaskaMichael Feingold translates Souls of Naples from the Italian original Questi Fantasmi!

Student group rate tickets for full-time students – $20 a ticket-67% off regular ticket prices.

Eduardo DeFilippo’s Souls of Naples (Questi fantasmi) – Panel Discussion

Eduardo DeFilippo’s Souls of Naples (Questi fantasmi)

Panel Discussion, moderated by Mimi D’Aponte, featuring actor John Turturro & translator Michael Feingold

March 17, 2005, 6:30 p.m.

Italian Cultural Institute, 686 Park Avenue New York, NY

RSVP 212 879 4242, Ext 370

Symposia: On April 30 and May 7

Mimi D’Aponte, Professor Emerita of Theatre at Baruch College and CUNY Graduate Center, will moderate a symposium about Souls of Naples.  These conversations will include John Turturro and Roman Paska.   The symposia are free of charge.

If you have any questions regarding the production or would like to arrange tickets, please phone (212) 229-2819 ext. 15 or email

John Turturro in Cecè by Luigi Pirandello

The Pirandello Society of America, The Players & the Italian Cultural Institute

are proud to present a reading of Cecè, a one-act play by Luigi Pirandello,

starring John Turturro on Tuesday evening, April 25th at 8 pm at The Players.

A wine and cheese reception will follow.

Tickets are $40 per person. Seating is limited.

Please mail checks, payable to THE PLAYERS/PSA, by Thursday, April 20th.

at 16 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY 10003.

Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936) wrote Cecè in 1913. This one act play offers in nutshell fashion its author’s greatest artistic trademarks: fascinating central character, surprising plot twist, indelible humor, and some sense of regret about the human condition.

John Turturro

The highly talented Italian American actor John Turturro, acclaimed internationally for  striking performances in such successful films as Do the Right Thing (1989), Barton Fink (1991), The Big Lebowski (1998), offered a stirring stage performance in 2005 of Souls of Naples by the renowned Neapolitan actor-playwright, Eduardo De Filippo. Turturro recently brought this New York, English-language production, to Naples for a week’s run performed in the famous Teatro Mercadante.  Now he benefits the Pirandello Society of America with a reading of Cecè, presented at New York’s oldest and most historic actors club, The Players.

Founded in 1888 by Edwin Booth, The Players houses some of the finest theatrical art and artifacts in the country. Its membership has included such theatrical luminaries as Mark Twain, the Barrymores, Eugene O’Neill, Helen Hayes, James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, Lord Laurence Olivier, Bing Crosby, and Frank Sinatra. Walt Disney, Carol Burnett, and Tony Bennett.  The Italian Cultural Institute, dedicated to strengthening the cultural links between Italy and the United States, is pleased to share sponsorship of Cecè with The Players and The Pirandello Society of America.

Since 1958 when it was established by Marta Abba and George Freedley, The Pirandello Society of America has been championing the works of Luigi Pirandello. It recently published volume XVIII of the annual, PSA. Both on page and stage, the Society offers Americans avenues into the extraordinary output of Italy’s most renowned modern playwright, an artist who has profoundly influenced the course of world theatre.