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Sonny's Blues/High Expectations
Sunday, May 31, at 6:30 PM - Villa La Pietra, Prato Ovale
James Baldwin's short story provides a launching pad for this exciting exploration of family, friendship and loss. The piece was created and will be performed by André Holland. Spaces for this event are very limited. » sign up
Internationally celebrated poets and novelists will be reading from their work on different dates and venues.
- Thursday 4 June from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM – Villa La Pietra, Garden - A Villa and Garden for Italian and American Writers and Readers.» sign up
- Friday, 5 June from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM – Villa La Pietra, Garden - A Villa and Garden for Italian and American Writers and Readers.» sign up
- Monday 8 June from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM – Caffè Letterario, Le Murate - Poetry and Fiction with Mark Bibbins and Heidi Julavits. » sign up
- Monday 15 June from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM – Caffè Letterario, Le Murate - Poetry and Fiction with with Meghan O'Rourke and Colson Whitehead » sign up
Tuesday, June 9, at 8:30 PM - Villa La Pietra, Limonaia
A native of Senegal, Badara Seck is an artist with great charisma and incredible vocal talent, combining Griot traditions with African rhythm&rock. » sign up
Thursday, June 18 - 9:00 PM Villa La Pietra, the Pool
In Shakespeare’s tale of love, revenge and forgiveness, Prospero has been robbed of his kingdom and cast upon an island. Amidst a band of usurpers, fools, and creatures both airy and devilish he pulls the strings of magic to create a human storm. Directed by Tisch veteran Jim Calder and André Holland.. » sign up
Monday, June 22 - 6:00 PM Villa La Pietra, Garden
Choreographer and performer Monica Bill Barnes founded MBB&CO in 1997 with the mission of celebrating individuality, humor, and the innate theatricality of everyday life. She is joined by Anna Bass and Robert Saenz de Viteri, Creative Producing Director and the host of Happy Hour, in the world’s first-ever cocktail party dance show. Framed by the casual aesthetics of cocktail parties and the inherent failure of karaoke nights, they are two female performers desperate to wrest new meaning from the most familiar male characters. Happy Hour invites audiences to have a drink, laugh at our collective failures, and celebrate our own shortcomings.. » sign up
Tuesday, June 23 - 9:00 PM Villa La Pietra, Limonaia
Thaïs Diarra is a Swiss born musician who went back to her roots, travelling from Mali to Senegal which became her second home. Her music combines African instruments such as kora and balafon, with American soul vibes. Her songs, performed in English, French, Wolof and Bambara speak about hope and self-confidence, a celebration of women, femininity and sisterhood. » sign up
Kathleen Turner performs "Red Hot Patriot, the Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins"
Thursday, June 25 - 6:00 PM Villa La Pietra, Limonaia
Two-time Tony and Oscar nominee Kathleen Turner sizzles as Molly Ivins, the brassy Texan reporter whose liberal journalism skyrocketed her to the national stage. From writing Elvis Presley’s New York Times obituary to becoming the most widely-read self-proclaimed “pain in the ass to whatever powers come to be,” Ivins, often described as a modern-day Mark Twain, made rabid fans and enemies alike with her sharp-tongued humor and unabashed political criticism. This acclaimed show captures the redheaded reporter’s indomitable character by weaving personal anecdotes with her colorful take on national politics. » sign up
The King Stag, by Carlo Gozzi
Tuesday, June 30, at 9:00 PM – Villa La Pietra, Teatrino
The NYU undergraduate acting students dive into the magical tale of Carlo Gozzi. A story of love and betrayal, intrigue and mirth, magic spells and pageantry. Welcome to the fantastic world of Commedia dell’Arte where transformations, gags, music and lazzies are the rules, Truffaldino, Tartaglia and Pantalone the masks.
Let’s begin from the beginning!...... » sign up
Hot Tunes/Cold War!
Thursday July 23, at 9:00 PM – Villa La Pietra, Garden
The two music ensembles of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London and of the Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali “P. Mascagni” in Livorno come together for a program of enthralling music by Shostakovich and Kurt Weill. The ensembles will be directed by the principal bass clarinet of the London Symphony Orchestra, the Tuscan Lorenzo Iosco. » sign up