italytime Italian Cultural Center is coming out with their first play of the season Three Eyes on Pinocchio, directed by Vittorio Capotorto to be performed at Our Lady of Pompeii Theater, 25/B Carmine Street, New York, NY 10014.
As the American Culture grew up with hero’s such as Spiderman and Batman, italytime chose to tell the story of Pinocchio to introduce an Italian hero that showcased the Italian Culture and fairytales we grew up with. The play is based on three chapters of the original story written by Collodi and published in 1880. The author Dacia Maraini, one of the most popular Italian living novelists, asked a college professor and a journalist to offer their takes on two episodes, Pinocchio Meets the Fox and the Cat & Pinocchio in Playland, while she wrote the main one, Pinocchio rescued by The Fairy. This is how Three Eyes on Pinocchio was born.
Performances will be held March 2-3-8-9-10 at 8pm.
Tickets can be found at www.italytime.org/box-office
Vittorio asked me if I wanted to write one third of a show inspired on Pinocchio. Why one third? And very gently he answered that he already had an author who has been collaborating with him for years and that he had written a part of a text about Pinocchio. Now he needs two more parts of the story and, besides wanting me to write this one third of it, he also wants me to find him another playwright to complete the threesome. It was an interesting project with an unusual and charming quality to it. I read Paolo Tartamella’s part and I thought it could work. I asked Stefano Massini if he wanted to participate in this curious trio, but he answered that he did not have the time. So then I asked Silvia Calamai, with whom I had worked years ago in the theater of women outside of Florence, with Cristina Ghelli. Her response was positive, even though she is no longer involved in theatre because of her responsibilities teaching at the university and raising her daughter. I encouraged her to write again and I am very happy to have done so because her part in Pinocchio is beautiful and funny, with a perfect rhythm. – Dacia Maraini
An eye on Pinocchio? But what does it exactly mean, an eye on a text that followed me and my childhood and which flows me right now when I tell my children about Pinocchio? Dacia chose the right section for me, the eye which is the most suitable for me: The Cat and the Fox. Therefore, an eye on Pinocchio means, for me, imaging two playful and funny creatures who have fun in playing (and playing theatre too). – Silvia Calamai
I was the lucky one. When I was assigned the chapter of “Pinocchio in Playland,” I realized I had five months of freedom. Collodi sent Lucignolo and Pinocchio to Playland, to resume the story five months later when the two became little donkeys. Without compromising the integrity of the original plot, I was free to decide what they could have done for five months, a freedom the other two authors did not have. – Paolo Tartamella
italytime Cultural Center: is the first permanent Italian Cultural Center in NYC. An international non-profit platform Co Founded by Vittorio Capotorto and Francesco Pagano, which launched in December of 2013, with the endorsement of the critically acclaimed Dacia Maraini. The italytime team has brought to New York unique theater productions, featuring new artists and original artistic work, as well as helped New York and New Jersey Schools to enrich their programs with interactive theater workshops. The uniqueness of italytime is placing fresh and innovative artistic work at the center of new theater and education experiences in order to create a community of lovers of the arts and, therefore, of builders of a more engaged and resilient society. italytime is inspired by the Italian arts & culture, but it’s meant to be an open platform for theater lovers of all ages, background and nationalities.
Cast & Crew David Donahoe, Melissa Whitehouse, Mimi Perez, Fenton Li, Alexander Black, Corina Coten, Dominick Gonzalez, Nicole Vukov, Loretta De Simone, Francesca IIluzzi, Maureen Gonzalez, Carl Tallent, Dan Jobbins