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The Part of Hamlet and Filumena Marturano

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Oct 7, 2002
Oct 7, 2002
Segal Theater
color pulcinellaThe Part of Hamlet and Filumena Marturano
Works by Eduardo De Fillippo
Presented by Jane E. House Productions, The Eduardo De Filippo Estate, and Istituto Italiano Di Cultura of New York
Eduardo De Filippo (1900-1984), born in Naples, was one of Italy’s most prolific and beloved playwrights as well as an accomplished actor, and a prominent director of theatre and film. You are invited to the national premier public reading of his one-act play The Part of Hamlet (1939) translated into English for the first time by Mimi and Nello D’Aponte. Mimi D’Aponte is on the theatre faculty at Baruch College and The Graduate Center, CUNY. This work originally starred Eduardo, his sister Titina, and his brother Peppino. Professional American actors will present this unique reading.

Also get a taste of Eduardo as a film actor and film director in Filumena Marturano, his 1951 screen rendition of his 1946 play. In the screening of a selection of this black and white film Eduardo impersonates the wealthy bourgeois Don Domenico, and his sister Titina plays opposite him as the long-suffering but indomitable Filumena. The screening will be preceded by a reading in English translation by Thomas Simpson (Northwestern University) of the 15 – minute clip selected for the screening. This script was made internationally famous as Marriage Italian Style, the 1964 film starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni.

The program will be accompanied by commentary from Jane House and Mimi D’Aponte on the Neapolitan acting tradition, Italian dialect theatre, and translation. Total running time is approximately 90 minutes. Dramaturgical notes about The Part of Hamlet and information on the playwright’s work will be provided. There will be a small reception with the director, translators, and actors afterwards in Room 3112 on the 3rd Floor of The Graduate Center.

Co-sponsored by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center and the Ph.D. Program in Theatre, The Graduate Center, CUNY. Produced by special arrangement with The Eduardo De Filippo Estate.

Showing at the Martin E. Segal Theatre
Monday, October 7, 2002, 6:30 p.m. FREE
Seating is limited and on a first-come first-served basis. No reservations required.