Six Characters in Search of an Author

Six Characters in Search of an Author

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by Luigi Pirandello
     
 

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"Blurring the border between fiction and life, between the stage and the world outside, Six Characters in search of an Author exploded onto the stage in 1921 as one of the unique achievements of twentieth-century drama." "Updated and recontextualised in this vertiginous new version by Rupert Goold and Ben Power, it becomes a dark parable for a media-obsessed age

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"Blurring the border between fiction and life, between the stage and the world outside, Six Characters in search of an Author exploded onto the stage in 1921 as one of the unique achievements of twentieth-century drama." "Updated and recontextualised in this vertiginous new version by Rupert Goold and Ben Power, it becomes a dark parable for a media-obsessed age and an exhilarating exploration of how we define art, ourselves and 'reality' in the twenty-first century." This version premiered in 2008 at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester, in a co-production with Headlong Theatre, directed by Rupert Goold.

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New York Times
Ingenious...a striking re-imagining of Six Characters that heightens the play's theatricality even as it grounds it in the mundane.... It keeps faith with Pirandello's case for the peculiarly irresistible power of illusion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599102764
Publisher:
Italica Press
Publication date:
10/15/2013
Pages:
120
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.44(d)

Meet the Author

Luigi Pirandello was born of rich, middle-class parents in Girgenti (Agrigento), Sicily, on 28 June 1867. As a young man he studied at the Universities of Palermo, Rome, and Bonn, where he gained his doctorate in 1891. His first published work, Mal giocondo (1889), was a collection of poems. It was followed by other volumes of poems, critical essays, novels, short stories, and over forty plays. In 1894 he married Antoinetta Portulano, the daughter of his father's business associate. Financial disaster and a severe illness brought on by the birth of their third child drove his wife to a hysterical form of insanity. Only in 1918, when her presence in the family constituted a real threat to their daughter's safety did Pirandello agree to have his wife committed to an asylum. The enormous emotional strain he felt at this time is reflected in the intense pessimism found in his work. Pirandello's first real success in the theatre came about in 1921 when Six Characters in Search of an Author was performed. Henry IV followed the next year and confirmed his position as a playwright. In the following years Pirandello travelled abroad extensively. He embarked on a career as a producer and in 1925 founded his Art Theatre in Rome. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1934 and died in Rome on 10 December 1936.

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Luigi Pirandello oggi e il più grande drammaturgo italiano del suo tempo. "Sei Personaggi in cerca d'auttore" esprime l'idea che presentendo le questioni in teatro che il pubblico potesse identificarsi con il teatro diventa piu intellettuale in rispetto con i drammi che semplicemente dare fiction. Ad esempio i personaggi della sua commedia, Pirandello esprime su problemi sociali come il suicidio, la morte, povero e la povertà, il divorzio e la sofferenza che la gente hanno visto attorno al suo giorno e, come abbiamo visto è stato un sacco di esso. Pirandello ha avuto successo perché lui ha fatto quello che pensavo è giusto, e fare che aveva qualcosa per aiutare nel modo giusto.