Although he has won plaudits and awards for work in film, television, and on stage, Tony Nardi's most recent headlines have been earned by his Three Letters, in which he is the only actor who reads letters he has composed and that address a variety of social, cultural, and professional subjects. These Letters are not at all like other dramatic monologuesSpalding Gray's or Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking or Quentin Crisp's The Naked Civil Servant or any other of a very broad genrebecause they are not meant to be simply memoirs or epistles. For one thing, they are studded with phrases and sentences in French and Italian rather than being all in English. The Letters also constitute a long, serial J'accuse, where each monologue has been provoked by a distinct experience.
About the Author
A multi-award winner for his work in film and theatre, Tony Nardi is an actor, writer and director. He has appeared in more than 60 plays ranging from classics such as Julius Caesar to more experimental and collective-driven works like Pericles Prince Of Tyre, Les Guerriers, and La Storia Calvino (Dora Award for Artistic Excellence in 1985). His most recent work is Two LettersAnd Counting! which he wrote, performed and produced. Two Letters was presented in Toronto in the fall of 2006 and again in the spring of 2007. And Counting! was presented in Toronto in the spring of 2008. Born in Calabria, Nardi lives in Toronto.
Table of Contents
Thank You 1
Introduction Rocco Galati 3
Letter One 7
Letter Two 101
"… And Counting!" 209
Tony Nardi: Lonely Voice in Canada's Cultural Wilderness Michael Posner 303
Tony Nardi's Rough Theatre Keith Garebian 309
Still Counting! Tony Nardi 319
Afterword Rocco Galati 369
About The Author 381
About Two Letters … And Counting! 383