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Don't miss Six Characters in Search of an Author (Available Now!)
Six Characters in Search of an Author. Luigi Pirandello. Adapted by Edward Storer. Dramaturgical adaptation on translation by Daniele Bartolini and Luke Reece in collaboration with the cast.
The curtain rises on stories left unfinished. During a routine rehearsal, six strangers show up unannounced declaring themselves fictional characters who would like a word with their author. Finding humour in the absurd, their family drama unfolds in a conflict between illusion and reality. Pirandello’s metatheatrical masterpiece navigates the human search for meaning and the personal desire for control. Read the Playbill
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Tickets are Pay-What-You-Choose, and audiences enjoy unlimited access to the audio drama from the premiere date until June 30, 2021. You will receive an email on May 5 with a link to log into your account and listen to an embedded audio file through your computer or device. To purchase a Passport Subscription and enjoy all eight productions, CLICK HERE.
Complimentary access for Front Line Workers and members of our Free 25 and Under program sponsored by Sun Life.
CBC IDEAS - ITALY indepth Podcast (Available Now)
IDEAS is a deep-dive into contemporary thought and intellectual history. Using Six Characters in Search of an Author as a launching-off point, host Nahlah Ayed sits down with artists to discuss the cultural context to understand this Italian drama, and what it might have to say to our contemporary Canadian context. FREE
EXTEND YOUR STAY
Pirandello and “Six Characters in Search of an Author” – 100 Years After – Conversation for Italian Heritage Month with Villa Charities
On June 1, Director Daniele Bartolini, and Associate Artistic Director Luke Reece will discuss Pirandello and our production of his metatheatrical masterpiece “Six Characters in Search of an Author” with Montreal-based playwright and performer, Michaela Di Cesare, author of “In Search of Mrs. Pirandello”.
Director of Six Characters in Search of an Author, Daniele Bartolini, sits down with Weyni Mengesha to discuss how this play was a revelation for Daniele and how it influenced his career, and how he brought this 100 year old play into our contemporary world.
A special message
A special message from the Instituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto, inviting you to enjoy Six Characters In Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello, and to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of this masterpiece!
Keeping in touch, both figuratively and physically, is a challenge during times of isolation; while physical touch – and what we touch – is now a source of fear and anxiety for many. The Dutch phrase “skin hunger” has come to prominence in recent months, encapsulating these feelings.
For the 2020 Festival, TIFA presented Skin Hunger: a new writing commission featuring original works by internationally renowned writers, in reflection on what we’ve all felt and suffered during the COVID-19 crisis. Featured here is Donatella Di Pietrantonio, reading her Skin Hunger piece, in Italian.
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Sun Sun's explosive creativity and passion through her music and fashion are testimony to the evolution of ItalianCanadian 2.0. This is the very best of how tradition meets innovation to create a bold disruption that is inspiring.
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Explore Arts and Culture
Take an immersive virtual tour of Italy, focusing on Venice, Siena, Rome, and Palermo. Learn about the history of Italian art, view the country’s most famous landmarks in 360, and discover online exhibits from museums across the country.
Take a virtual tour of the world-famous chapel located in the official home of the Pope. The interior of the Sistine Chapel is covered in frescos by some of Italy’s most renowned painters.
See inside a museum in Modena dedicated to the life and work of Enzo Ferrari, the founder of the Ferrari sports car manufacturer.
Take a virtual, 360 tour through Florence’s Uffizi Gallery, one of the world’s most prominent and most visited art museums, featuring the art collection of the Medici family.
Explore the art of Emergence, an International Festival of Street Art and Urban Actions in the small town of Giardini Naxos on the island of Sicily.
Explore Italy's oldest modern art museum, with over 47,000 works of modern art and the largest artist's film and video collections in Europe.
The Theatrical Canon - Italy
9 OTHER PLAYS CURATED BY SOULPEPPER ARTISTS AND LOCAL SCHOLARS TO READ AND ENJOY! INQUIRE ABOUT THESE TITLES AT YOUR LOCAL INDEPENDENT BOOKSHOP OR LIBRARY.
Soulpepper’s Around The World In 80 Plays series has become essential for theatre lovers. Imagine a mini international theatre festival for the ears, intellect and soul.- NOW Magazine
Precisely one hundred years ago, in a theatre in Rome - Teatro Valle - a theatrical event occurred, remembered as probably one of biggest flops of all time, after which theatre will never be the same: the world premiere of “Six Characters in Search of an Author” by Luigi Pirandello. After one hundred years I decided to look at this play not for historical commemoration but as a reminder for theatre not to be “a cup of camomile tea” and that authentic innovation is not always saluted with hurrahs and standing ovations. It is a masterpiece of theatrical engineering, creating an endless spiral in the eternaltenzone (duel) between reality and fiction, authenticity and artifice. With a thick theatrical instinct, Mr. Pirandello offers us a great canvas in which we can display an exchange about theatre in Canada in 2021.- Daniele Bartolini, Director
All around the world and throughout history, humans have acted out the stories that are significant to them, the stories that are central to their sense of who they are, the stories that have defined their communities, and shaped their societies. When we talk about classical theatre we want to explore what that means from the many perspectives of this city. This is a celebration of our global canon.- Weyni Mengesha, Soulpepper Artistic Director