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A Woman of Lemnos
Maria Lampadaridou-Pothou, Rhoda Helfman Kaufman
2002
This first English publication of Maria Lampadaridou Pothou's work is a collection of her critically acclaimed writing. It includes a revisionist version of a Sophoclean tragedy, Antigone or The Nostalgia of Tragedy, which was written to protest Greek dictatorship. Praised by Samuel Beckett, Pothou wrote the other two featured plays:...
Addolorata: théâtre
Addolorata
théâtre
Marco Micone
1987
Amérique du Sud, rue Jean-Talon, Saint-Léonard, Padre Pio, JOHNNY Christ, Montréal, téléjournal, Pagliacci, Westmount, Roxboro, ADDOLORATA Tu, Rivière-des-Prairies, LOLITA ET ADDOLORATA, cégep, Toronto, immigrants, machine à coudre, Saint-Urbain, t'as, qu'à son trophée
Beyond the Ruins
Marco Micone, Jill MacDougall
1995
The original version of this play, the last part of a trilogy on the theme of immigration, won the Grand Prix du Journal de Montréal in 1989.
Camerado & The Trial of Pius XII: Two Plays
Richard Gambino
2013
Camerado is a play presenting the very dramatic life and compelling thoughts of Walt Whitman, who remains the foremost American poet of the greatness possible in the human spirit, and in the spirit of a vital democracy. His inspiring views and tough criticisms, expressed in simple, but beautiful and powerful...
Dog and Crow
Michael Springate
1990
Dog and Crow describes the meeting between art and politics, revolving around the liaison between Benito Mussolini and Ezra Pound. Based on Pound's sojourn in Fascist Italy, the play spans the years 1928 to 1946 and moves from Italy to America. It is a powerful psychological exploration of one of...
Duo for Obstinate Voices
Maryse Pelletier, Louise Ringuet
1990
Duo for Obstinate Voices is set in Quebec between 1970 and 1975, against the backdrop of rising Quebecois nationalism which culminated in the election of the Parti Québécois. The play superimposes the political struggle of Quebec with the relationship between Philip, a television journalist, and Catherine, an aspiring young dancer....
Familial Circles
Theresa Carilli
2001
Theresa Carilli demonstrates how the Italian-American family communicates in a web of never-ending conflict with family members, devising new strategies to outwit one another. In The Promise, Joe attempts to reunite with his estranged brother Sal at their father's funeral, despite opposition from Joe's wife, Maria. In Legacy, Carilli juxtaposes...
Foreplay: Followed by My Italian Wife
Foreplay
Followed by My Italian Wife
Mary Melfi
2012
Foreplay, a black comedy in three acts, explores the relationship of an economically well-out but emotionally insecure couple. They take an off-season vacation on a New Age refuse island, supposedly to improve their sex lives. My Italian Wife is a light-hearted, at times tongue-in-cheek, description of the mind-set and preoccupations...
Gens du silence
Marco Micone
1991
A powerful drama on the struggles encountered by immigrant families caught in worlds they didn't understand -- and without the language to make themselves understood.
Homeground
Caterina Edwards
1990
Homeground was a finalist in the Drama category for the 1991 Writers Guild of Alberta Award. Set in the 1950s, the play focuses on an Italian immigrant family living in Edmonton and the three immigrant boarders who share their house, as they struggle with finding work, a new language, and...
La Fresque de Mussolini
Filippo Salvatore
1992
Mussolini sur son cheval domine la fresque de la voûte dans l'église Notre-Dame-de-la-Défence à Montréal. Pourquoi a-t-on peint le duce dans une église? Comment au Québec des années 30 le fascisme a permis l'alliance entre l'Église et l'État? La pièce de Filippo Salvatore trace l'histoire d'amour entre le peintre de...
Lifedream
Herménégilde Chiasson, Jo-Anne Elder
2006
Four vastly different characters illustrate various ways of life and elements of existence in the 14 tableaux in this collection. As Solange, Thomas, Gabrielle, and Paul move through dream spaces and real-world settings--including hospitals, bars, galleries, and classrooms--they confront a range of topics as far-reaching as money, marriage, the book...
Love Letters
Dacia Maraini, Thomas Simpson
2004
Love Letters was born from the reexamination of a poet wildly adored in the first half of the 20th century -- during the First World War and the Fascist Era -- and then reviled with equal passion in the second half. I had in hand many of his personal letters,...
Manifesto for a New Theatre: Followed by Infabulation
Manifesto for a New Theatre
Followed by Infabulation
Pier Paolo Pasolini, Thomas Simpson
2008
Pasolini published the Manifesto for a New Theatre in Nuovi Argomenti in 1968, while preparing to direct Orgia, another of his six verse tragedies. While betraying his personal dissatisfaction with his own theatre work, the Manifesto mercilessly dissects Italian theatre into two types and exposes the presumption and uselessness...
Marinetti Dines with the High Command is a work that dramatizes the turbulent life and times of F. T. Marinetti, founder of Futurism, the first global art movement. Marinetti's artistic career raises enduring questions about art and politics because of his association with Fascism, and the second part of my...
Mazilli's Shoes
Darlene Madott
1999
Mazilli never lets go. Mazilli is a man who will not compromise or dilute the ultimate goal with the odd trip back to Italy. Just as The Odyssey, all journeys are not about the destination, but about the twists and turns that drive you continuously off course. If anything makes...
Naked
Luigi Pirandello, Nina da Vinci Nichols
2003
Naked brilliantly illustrates the theatricalist mode Pirandello invented for dramatizing multiple points of view simultaneously. As characters unwittingly echo each other, we come to see them as aspects of one controlling consciousness, the playwright's. For ultimately, metaphysically, Pirandello's deep subject is the creative process, his characters' as well as his...
Natural Stories #1
Edoardo Sanguineti, Jana O'Keefe Bazzoni
1998
To his European audience Sanguineti is the intellectual confrère of writers such as Italo Calvino and Vaclav Havel. In addition he is known as a critic and theoretician, and of course for his several books of poetry. He has collaborated with composer Luciano Berio, producing librettos for the operas Passaggio...
Sarrasine: A Screenplay
Sarrasine
A Screenplay
Paul Tana, Bruno Ramirez, Tony Nardi, Robert Gray
1996
In Montreal, at the beginning of the century, an Italian accidentally shot and killed a French Canadian. For this he was sentenced to death. The judge had intended to set an example: he wished to discipline those foreigners who had the regrettable habit of carrying weapons and taking justice into...
Sex Therapy
Mary Melfi
1996
The comic and the tragic, sanity and insanity, merge in this microcosmic representation of a nightmare dynamics of a therapy group. Strange and sensuous, this play is imbued with caustic wit and irreverence toward the status quo of postmodern society and its teflonic psychotherapeutic establishment. Melfi takes a whimsical look...
Smile, you're getting old!
Évelyne Wilwerth, Christine Tipper
2011
Surely a woman who chooses a white rat as a pet and calls him Mr. Loverat is worthy of our attention. Ginny is slightly crazy - she takes her rat to a posh restaurant! And she jumps on the helter-skelter ride of life. In this fun and questioning journey from...
Tattoo Joint
Jason Gileno
2005
A blind tattoo artist named Joint has his reclusive lifestyle turned on end when a woman of flawless beauty comes to him with a problem. Strange, dark and comic, Tattoo Joint explores the nature of art and beauty and its effects on the unsuspecting artist.
The Canadian Duce
Bruno Ramirez
2007
In June 1940, as Benito Mussolini took Italy into war against the Allied Powers, the Canadian authorities launched a series of raids against Italian-Canadians from coast to coast. Suspected of being a danger to national security, several hundreds of them were arrested and interned without trial. Most of the Italian-Canadian...
The Countess Plays
Daniel Sloate
1995
The Countess hides behind caricature to better obtain her ends. But all her moods give her a roundness that sometimes shock, amuse, or at times irritate. A cycle of five plays that have been described as ahead of their time.
The Divine Sisters
Denise Boucher, Myrna Delson-Karan
2011
The original French version of this play, Les Divines, produced in 1996, continues an exploration of feminism started in Les Fées ont soif in its portrait of seven daughters who reunite in a ritual wake for an idealized mother.
The Inventor of the Horse
Achille Campanile, Francesco Loriggio
1995
Plays included in this collection: The Big Bun, The Inventor of the Horse, and War. Campanile's plays combine the visual slapstick of silent cinema with the zany humour of the Marx Brothers and the nonsensical dialogues of Ionesco; the result is a funniness quite unique in this century, laughter as...
The Nativity Scene
Eduardo De Filippo, Anthony Molino, Paul N. Feinberg
1997
Author of more than 60 plays and considered on a par with Pirandello, Eduardo De Filippo's signature piece, The Nativity Scene (Natale in Casa Cupiello, 1931), originally written in Neopolitan, is here presented for the first time in English translation.
Voiceless People and Addolorata: Two Plays
Marco Micone, Maurizia Binda
2001
Marco Micone's first play, Voiceless People, portrays the exploitation of first-generation Italian immigrants Addolorata focuses more deeply on the role of authority in the father/daughter, husband/wife power relationships in the second generation. Voiceless People was awarded the Grand Prix du Journal de Montreal for Theatre in 1989.
Writing Cultural Difference: Italian-Canadian Creative and Critical Works
Writing Cultural Difference
Italian-Canadian Creative and Critical Works
Giulia De Gasperi, Maria Cristina Seccia, Licia Canton, Michael Mirolla
2015
Writing Cultural Difference is a welcome addition to Canadian literary studies. The publication of this volume certainly dispels the belief that Italian-Canadian writing was a passing phenomenon three decades ago. The new generation of writers no longer focuses on immigration or speaks the dialect of their grandparents, but that heritage...