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Writers Reading

Internationally celebrated poets and novelists will be reading from their work on different dates and venues.
- Wednesday, 28 May – at 6:00 PM Villa La Pietra, Salone - Italian Fiction writer Nicola Gardini will talk about "Heroic Dogs & Hysterical Sopranos: A Portrait of Italy as a Would-Be Country". » sign up
- Wednesday, 4 June – at 7:00 PM Palazzo Strozzi, Sala Ferri - Poets Dorothea Lasky and Eileen Myles. With the collaboration of the Gabinetto Viesseux » sign up
- Thursday 5 June from 5:00 PM to 11:30 PM – Villa La Pietra, Garden - A Villa and Garden for Italian and American Writers and Readers. (details) » sign up
- Friday 6 June from 5:00 PM to 11:30 PM – Villa La Pietra, Garden - A Villa and Garden for Italian and American Writers and Readers(details) » sign up
- Wednesday, 11 June at 7:00 PM – Palazzo Strozzi, Sala Ferri - Fiction writers Jonathan Lethem and Chris Kraus. With the collaboration of the Gabinetto Vieussieux. » sign up
- Wednesday, 18 June – at 7:00 PM Palazzo Strozzi, Sala Ferri - Poets Marco Simonelli and Mark Wunderlich. With the collaboration of the Gabinetto Viesseux » sign up

Commedia Tonight!

Thursday, May 29 - 5:30 PM Villa La Pietra, Salone
How comedy traditions slip and fall into the 21st Century. NYU arts professor Laurence Maslon will give public lecture tracing the evolution of the commedia dell'arte tradition to its 21st Century applications in theater, film, television, and the Internet.  Maslon is the coauthor of the Emmy-nominated PBS six-hour documentary series, "MAKE 'EM LAUGH: The Funny Business of America," and will include various clips from the series as part of his lecture, including highlights from Buster Keaton, Groucho Marx, and the Simpsons. » sign up

Being Me, Being You: Acting Neuroscience and the Audience (EVENT CANCELLED)

Tuesday, June 10, at 11:30 AM - Villa La Pietra, Salone

Of Pocket Instruments, Pierrot and the Moon

Wednesday, June 11, at 5:00 PM - Villa La Pietra, Salone
This presentation will look at two musical approaches to character. The first is inspired by poetry. Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire, a musical setting of a series of poems about a clown and the moon, is considered by many to be one of the most influential modernist pieces of the twentieth century. We then turn from the classic commedia dell’arte to the modern street clown. Small instruments that can be pulled from a pocket can be particularly valuable in physical comedy. Students will hear and learn to play (at a beginner’s level) the following:  Jews Harp, Spoons, Bones, Harmonica, Pennywhistle and Body Percussione. A talk by musician and composer Andy Teirstein. » sign up

Iliad: Guerrillas of Troy

Wednesday, June 19 - 9:00 PM Villa La Pietra, the Pool PDF
A theatrical event that views Homer's immortal epic through the lens of several great poets of the English language:  Christopher Logue, Alexander Pope, George Chapman, Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare.  NYU professor Laurence Maslon's adaptation focuses on the conflict between the great warrior of the Greeks, Achilles, and his inevitable fatal battle with Hector, the savior of Troy.  The Gods look down on these mortal struggles with a mixture of annoyance and amusement; directed by Jim Calder and Mark Wing-Davey with a cast of professional actors in collaboration with the NYU student actors this company of 24 performers will present their unique version of this classic tale. » sign up

The Science of Comedy. Dissecting the Big Bang Theory

Monday, June 23 - 2:00 PM Villa La Pietra, Salone
A talk by Mark Cendrowski, director of the Award winning series The Big Bang Theory. » sign up

The Tyrant & The Maiden

Wednesday, June 25 - 6:00 PM Courtyard, Palazzo Strozzi
The ancient biblical story of Judith Slaying  Holofernes. This biblical story is presented with large scale puppets, songs in Xhosa & Zulu and told in 5  languages. This  imagistic story, celebrated in the paintings of Caravaggio and Artemisia Gentileschi unfolds in a vibrant procession of beauty, violence, seduction and revenge.With the collaboration of the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi. » sign up

Action Painting and Irascible Composers

Thursday, June 26, at 8:00 PM – Villa La Pietra, Limonaia
New York and Europe druing the abstract expressionism time. A concert by pianist Luisa Valeria Carpigano, and video artist Veronica Citi. A visual-concert that compares works of art with music, and music with images. Time is connected to gesture. Artists Rauchenberg, Rothko, Johns / Kline, De Kooning, and Clemente /Guston are interpreted by composers Cage, Donatoni, Cavallari, Ligeti and Feldman. » sign up

Standing in a Safety Zone

Tuesday July 1, at 8:00 PM – Villa La Pietra, Pool and Limonaia
A sound based performance created for Villa La Pietra in collaboration with Jason Thompson that reflects upon occupation, faith and what Harold Acton referred to as the universality of ‘true culture’. The piece draws its title from an African American Spiritual that speaks of the necessity of standing alone in unbending faith.  A makeshift sound bunker, Roman crossroad markers as a speaker system and the metaphoric descent of sculptures with military berets as parachutes provide the backdrop for a meditation on cultural revolt and the militancy frequently found in its company. *The performance will be followed by a concert with an acoustic set by Justin Randolph Thompson followed by Blip Trio.» sign up

Captain Gloriosus, by Plautus

Thursday, July 3, at 9:00 PM – Villa La Pietra, Teatrino
The NYU undergraduate Commedia Troupe presents the rollicking comedy of the original military braggart who swaggers his way through high society, wars, and quarreling lovers until falling for the beautiful Lucinda. Presented in full physical buffoonery, the company undertakes one of the great comedic writers of Ancient Rome. » sign up PDF

Winterreise, by Franz Schubert (event fully booked)

Sunday, July 6, at 9:00 PM - Villa La Pietra, Limonaia
The great song cycles of Franz Schubert will be presented by two world-renowned musicians, Ian Bostridge, tenor, and Thomas Adès, pianist and composer. “Winterreise,” which was being proofread by Schubert just before his death in 1828, sets 24 inter-related poems by Wilhelm Müller. » sign up

Piano Recital (event fully booked)

Monday, July 7, at 9:00 PM – Villa La Pietra, Limonaia
An evening of classical piano music performed by world renowned pianist, Kirill Gerstein.» sign up

The Tempest, by William Shakespeare

Thursday, August 7, at 9:00 PM - Villa La Pietra, Teatrino
The acclaimed Aquila Theatre will mount an all new production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Believed to be Shakespeare’s final play, The Tempest is imbued with magic, the supernatural, and a heightened sense of theatricality. Prospero, the Duke of Milan, has been usurped and exiled by his own brother. He is stranded on a remote and mystical island with his daughter Miranda who has been on the island from a very young age. Hoping to restore Miranda to her rightful place, and to seek revenge, Prospero conjures a storm to shipwreck his brother and those who conspired against him. The beautiful Miranda falls in love with Ferdinand, son of one of the conspirators, putting her relationship with Prospero to the test just as retribution is finally within reach, PDF » sign up