Tosca e le Altre Due

Tosca e le Altre Due

by Franca Valeri Translated by Natasha Lardera With Laura Caparrotti and Marta Mondelli VO by Rocco Sisto Set Lucretia Moroni Light Design Haejin Han Stage Manager Carlotta Brentan Supertitles by Prescott Studio The hat of Ms. Mondelli is made by Monvieve Directed by Laura Caparrotti Play-within-an-Opera is U.S. debut for one of the most influential and important contemporary Italian women playwrights. Running time 1:15 Download Tosca and the two downstairs press release:Tosca&2downstairs PR 2014 TOSCA 2010 PRESS PAGE Tosca and the two downstairs Promo “Tosca” by Puccini is based on a drama by Sardou. In this well-known opera, Mario Cavarodossi, a painter who has concealed a dangerous political prisoner, is being protected by his lover, a celebrated singer named Tosca.  Cavarodossi is tortured to reveal the whereabouts of the prisoner to Scarpia, the chief of police, who has promised to save the painter by a mock execution if Tosca will give herself to him.  She ultimately agrees, but stabs Scarpia at the last moment.  The execution is, however, a real one and in grief, Tosca leaps from a battlement to her death.  2010 was the 110th anniversary of the opera, which debuted on January 14, 1900. “Tosca e le altre due“ by Franca Valeri shares the 19th century setting and events of the opera, but refracts them through two memorable women characters who share them from the outside. The torture’s screams and scuffles are overheard from upstairs by the wife of the torturer and the female doorkeeper of Palazzo Farnese in Rome, where the interrogation is taking place.  The play is a wry and humorous character study of these... Read more