A Special Day
Following its off-Broadway season and four and five star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe, A Special Day launches its four-week season at the 2014 Adelaide Fringe on February 13th.
This is a uniquely theatrical collaboration between New York’s OBIE award-winning The Play Company and Mexico City’s Por Piedad Teatro.
The Play Company has a dynamic, global view of contemporary theatre and is renowned for producing adventurous new plays, sourcing them from around the world to enhance and expand its American theatre repertoire. Complementing this, Por Piedad Teatro’s purpose is to strengthen ties between Mexico City, New York City and other cutting edge artistic cities internationally. The company places strong emphasis on high quality contemporary theatre.
Inspired by Ettore Scola’s 1977 Oscar-nominated film Una Giornata Particolare, starring Sophia Loren and Marcelo Mastraionni, A Special Day is the story of an overworked housewife and her mysterious bachelor neighbour. The two meet in Rome on May 8th, 1938, the day Rome is celebrating Hitler’s visit to Mussolini’s Italy.
The story graphically addresses the prohibitions of totalitarian governments and demonstrates such issues can still be seen in today’s double standards and intolerances.
A Special Day stars Ana Graham and Antonio Vega and is performed in English.
‘Mexican actors creating a stage version of an Italian movie, in English, would seem rather odd if theatre was not all about imagination,’ says Vega.
The audience’s imagination is certainly stimulated in this absorbing production. Here, unique staging helps, with windows and other scenic elements created with chalk directly onto the walls of the set. Light and sound changes at the wish of the actors.
In terms of performance an empty space, together with the imagination, emotions and creative energy of the actors may be all that is needed to draw the audience members into imagining for a brief time that they, too, are all good fascists who are excited and happy about Hitler’s visit.
If past reviews are any guide this will be a popular production for audiences. A five-star review from EdinburghGuide.com described A Special Day as ‘A charming production… an oasis in the madness of the Fringe’. TheaterMania.com said of the New York show, ‘Inventiveness that’s rarely seen in New York these days.’
With such ‘inventiveness’ the audience may be left wondering; is fascism over, is this a political regime…or even…is this about a state of mind?
Bookings: www.adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix or at the door 30 minutes before a performance.
Dates: 15th February- 16th March, 8pm. Some performances at 9.30 pm.
Tickets: $26-$22 plus other concessions.
Venue: Holden Street Theatres- The Arch.
Running Time: 60 minutes.
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