WSC Avant Bard’s Six Characters in Search of an Author

WSC Avant Bard presents

Six Characters in Search of an Author

by Luigi Pirandello

translated by Carl R. Mueller

Directed by Tom Prewitt

Pull back the curtain to explore the worlds and characters created by words in Six Characters in Search of an Author.  Set during a rehearsal for Luigi Pirandello’s The Rules of the Game, the play finds actors and a director interrupted by orphan characters, seeking to have their story told.  As the actors, director, and characters struggle with reality and theatrical convention, we must ask ourselves, “Is all the world a stage?”

  • Previews: Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 through Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012
  • Opening: Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012
  • Regular Run Begins: Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012
  • Close: Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012

There will be no performances Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012 and Friday, Nov. 23, 2012.

WSC Avant Bard is the theater company in residence at Artisphere in Arlington, Virginia.

For more information, tickets and group rates, please check the company’s website

Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author by Aquila Theatre

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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