Last chance to catch Oedipus, The Man, a new adaptation of the Sophocles tragedy by Uberto Paolo Quintavalle. The show, which ends its run Nov. 22, is part of the second annual New York-Milan Festival (Nov. 4- Dec. 2).
A follow-up to 1996's critically praised festival, this year's event features a full-length dance piece and two plays. The Olympic Dance Company opened Festival 1997, Nov. 4, with Eros and Thanatos, a work of passion and terror that has been compared to Nijinsky's Afternoon of the Faun..
Oedipus, the Man is performed in English by the American Company of Italian Theatre. Valle's adaptation is directed by Mario Mattia Giorgetti and runs Nov. 14-22 at the Kaye Playhouse, Hunter College, 68th St. between Park and Lexington Aves. For tickets, call (212) 772-4448.
The festival's final offering will be Carlo Goldoni's La Locandiera ("Mistress Of The Inn"), performed in Italian by Il Palchetto Stage on Dec. 1 and 2 at the Kaye Playhouse. For tickets, call (212) 772-4448.
Starring in Inn are Anita Caprioli, Givoanni Casadei, Allexand ello, Giancarlo Gobbi, Allexandro Cremona, Stefania Gerini and Tiziana Colla. Designing the show are Alberto Caprioli (set) and Philip Engleheart (costumes). *
What's the significance of the New York-Milan Theatre Festival? According to a 1996 statement by Giorgetti, "Italian theatre deserves to be promoted and known throughout the world because both our classical and contemporary literature are...rich in themes, language, content and values. [We want] to encourage actors, directors and writers to be directed towards Italian Theatre. [We want] to commercialize our theatre, to promote it throughout the world."
Of the program itself, Giorgetti wrote that he wanted to produce two contemporary plays, one referring back to ancient Greece, another to everyday life. He also wanted to incorporate the costume exhibition, plus conferences and debates.
Of his adaptation of the Atreus plays, Uberto Paolo Quintavalle wrote, "I realize that I have engaged in an extremely ambitious project...depicting the horrors of war, of public and private hatred, in a world where violence and cruelty extend over everything... I can only humbly re-echo the words of Newton when he declared, `If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.'"