Reimagining the life of Italian poet Gabriela D'Annuzio, this play draws on D'Annuzio's beautifully crafted love letters to recreate a hidden family drama between mother and daughter. D'Annuzio, who achieved early fame in Italy for his rich and sensuous poems, has been reviled in the years since World War II for his alligience with Mussolini and Fascism. As famous for his decadent lifestyle and radical political views as for his poetry, this work finds inspiration in D'Annuzio's rich inner life.
Author Biography: Dacia Maraini is the author of Only Prostitutes Marry in May. Thomas Simpson is a senior lecturer at Northwestern University.