Jane House Productions 2002-09: italian theatre in english

Overview

For eight years Jane House Productions was dedicated to presenting the rich array of Italian theatre as American premieres, in English translation, to New York City audiences. The first program, a staged reading of Eduardo De Filippo’s one-act play The Part of Hamlet, translated by Mimi and Nello D'Aponte, occurred in 2002 at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, the CUNY Graduate Center, New York City. Over the next seven years, the company produced eight additional theatrical events, a number of which captured the attention of Italian and Italian-American newspapers. On May 13, 2009, the company presented its final event, an evening celebrating the 50th  anniversary of the Pirandello Society of America and the career of Marta Abba, Pirandello's muse.

Eduardo De filippo

The Part of Hamlet (1940), a one act

October 7, 2002

Translated by Mimi and Nello D’Aponte

Directed by Jane House 

Discussion with theatre scholar Albert Bermel
Screening of the episode “Avarice and Anger,” starring Eduardo De Filippo, from the 1952 film The Seven Deadly Sins
Martin E. Segal Theatre, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, NYC


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De Filippo Program

Program-De Filippo THE PART OF HAMLET (pdf)

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Luigi Pirandello (1)

Oscar de la Fe Colon (Enrico), Jane House (director), Carolina McNeely Giulia), and Kathleen Stolars

Why? (Perchè? 1892), a one act, his first published play

January 28, 2003

Translated and directed by Jane House  Preliminary remarks by theatre scholar Marvin Carlson on “The Fin-de-Siècle Italian Stage.” Closing remarks by Jane House on Pirandello's Youthful Passion: Writing for the Theatre.”  

Istituto Italiano di Cultura, 686 Park Avenue, NYC

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Natalia Ginzburg

I Married You for Fun (1964)

March 31, 2003

Translated and directed by Jane House

Discussion  with Patricia Clough, Chair, Professor of Sociology and Director,  Center for the Study of Women and Society, CUNY Graduate Center; Jane  House, translator and director; Marsha Norman, playwright and  co-director, Playwrights Program, The Juilliard School; and Lynne Sharon  Schwartz, novelist, poet, and translator.  

Martin E. Segal Theatre, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, NYC 


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Ginzburg, Program

I Married You for Fun_Ginzburg_Program (pdf)

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Luigi Pirandello (2)

Cast of  Tonight We Improvise, Proshansky Audidorium, CUNY Graduate Center

Tonight We Improvise (Questa sera si recita a soggetto, 1929)

March 1, 2004

Translated by J. Douglas Campbell and Leonard G. Sbrocchi  

Directed by Elfin Frederick Vogel  

Music Director: Daryl Curry  

Harold M. Proshansky Auditorium CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, NYC 

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Raffaele Viviani

Eve Gigliotti as Ines in Via Toledo by Night

Via Toledo by Night (Via Toledo di notte, 1917)

November 1, 2004

A Neapolitan play with music and song

Translated by Martha King 

Directed by Jane House 

Music Director: Martin Hennessy 

Elebash Recital Hall, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, NYC


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Viviani Program /Reviews

Via Toledo by Night_Viviani_Program (pdf)

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Viviani_Via Toledo by Night_Fratti_Review (pdf)

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Viviani_Via Toledo_Review (pdf)

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Manlio Santanelli

John FitzGibbon and Judith Roberts in Queen Mother

Queen Mother (Regina madre, 1984)

December 15, 2005

A Neapolitan black comedy by Manlio Santanelli 

Directed and translated by Jane House

Martin E. Segal Theatre, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, NYC


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Queen Mother, Program / Review

Queen Mother_Santanelli_Program (pdf)

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Santanelli_QueenMother_Review (pdf)

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Dacia Maraini

An Evening with Dacia

May 3, 2006

Readings from Mary Stuart, Camille, Notarbartolo 

Directed by Jane House 

PLUS Videos, slideshow,  panel discussion with the playwright, and Judith Malina and Hanon Reznikov, co-directors of the Living Theatre

Martin E. Segal Theatre, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, NYC


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An Evening with Dacia, Program / Reviews

Maraini Celebration_Program (pdf)

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Maraini-US Italia_ReviewENG (pdf)

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Maraini-LaRepubblica_ReviewENG (pdf)

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Maraini_Oggi7_ReviewENG (pdf)

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Roberto Cavosi

(L to r) John Guare, Roberto Cavosi, and Mario Fratti, three playwrights

An Evening with Roberto Cavosi

May 7, 2007

Readings from Maresciallo Butterfly, Bellissima Maria, and Notte d'Epifania

Directed by Jane House

Plus short video, slides, and panel discussion with distinguished scholar Paolo Valesio

Martin E. Segal Theatre, CUNY Graduae Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, NYC


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Cavosi, Program / Review

Cavosi Celebration_Program (pdf)

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Cavosi_Fratti_Review (pdf)

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Pirandello Society of America, 50th Anniversary

Marta Abba in Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello

50th Anniversary Celebration of PSA

May 13, 2009

Featuring: 

“Pirandello’s Muse, Marta Abba,” a talk by
Benito Ortolani, Professor Emeritus, Brooklyn College

Editor and translator, Pirandello’s Love Letters to Marta Abba
and

Staged Reading, Pirandello’s one act, The Other Son
Translated and directed by Jane House

and Panel Discussion with 

Benito Ortolani, Jane House, and Janice Capuana
Elebash Recital Hall, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue NYC

PSA Fiftieth Anniversary, Program / Review

Program_PSA_50th_2009 (pdf)

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Review PSA 50th-AmericaOggi-ITAL (pdf)

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