Six Characters in Search of an Author
By Luigi Pirandello
Directed by Stephanie Wilbert
Production Dates: April 25-27, 2019
“Six Characters in Search of an Author” is an absurdist metatheatrical play about the relationship among authors, their characters, and theatre practitioners. It was written and first performed in 1921, premiering at the Teatro Valle in Rome to a mixed reception, with shouts from the audience of “Manicomio!” (“Madhouse!”) and “Incommensurabile!” (“Incommensurable!”), a reaction to the play’s illogical progression. Reception improved at subsequent performances, especially after Pirandello provided for the play’s third edition, published in 1925, a foreword clarifying its structure and ideas. The play had its American premiere in 1922 on Broadway at the Princess Theatre and was performed for over a year off-Broadway at the Martinique Theatre beginning in 1963.
Luigi Pirandello (1867 – 1936) was an Italian dramatist, novelist, poet, and short story writer. He was awarded the 1934 Nobel Prize in Literature. Pirandello’s works include novels, hundreds of short stories, and about 40 plays. Pirandello’s tragic farces are often seen as forerunners of the Theatre of the Absurd.
Stephanie Wilbert (Director) is an Actor, Voice and Movement Specialist, and Artistic Director of The Illusion Factory in Akron, Ohio. She received her MFA in Theater: Contemporary Performance from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado where she primarily focused on ensemble-based performance and devised theater techniques under the mentorship of Wendall Beavers. Naropa University performance credits include “Sirens Fury Playlist, Now! (For Something Completely Different)”, and “7/21″ (Directed by member of The Tectonic Theater Project, Greg Pierotti). Stephanie is an Actors Equity Membership Candidate (EMC) and received her BA in Theater Arts from Cleveland State University. In Northeastern Ohio, Stephanie has performed with The Ohio City Theater Project, Talespinner Children’s Theater, Cleveland Public Theater, and The Cleveland Ingenuity Festival.