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Via Toledo by Night by Raffaele Viviani, American Premiere

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Nov 1, 2004
Nov 1, 2004
Elebash Recital Hall

progra9Via Toledo by Night by Raffaele Viviani, American Premiere

A Dramatic Reading with Neapolitan Music and Song

In this unique 1918 one-act musical play the night life on Via Toledo, one of Naples’ major thoroughfares, comes alive as those struggling to make a living-street vendors, bakers, hackney drivers-intermingle with vagabonds, petty gangsters, pimps, prostitutes, the police, and the wealthy bon vivants. Viviani’s social criticism, his bitter yet comic vision of the lives of the Neapolitan poor, caught the attention of such artists as Maxim Gorky but also led to censorship by Mussolini’s Fascist regime. Neapolitan playwright, actor, singer, director, and composer, Viviani (1888-1950) wrote over sixtyfive musical plays, many of which are still performed today. This American premiere will be followed by a fifteen-minute excerpt from La Tavola dei poveri (The poor table) 1932, a film starring Viviani, and discussion.
Directed by Jane House with Allan Atlas, concertina, David Cannata, piano, and 18 performers.
Producer: Jane House Productions
6:00 p.m., Monday, November 1, 2004, Elebash Recital Hall
Res. Code 4772. Free. To reserve call Continuing Education and Public Programs at 1.212.817.8215, or continuinged@gc.cuny.edu.
Cosponsors: Istituto Italiano di Cultura of New York, and Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation, Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, Continuing Education and Public Programs, CUNY Graduate Center