The Window playwright Marta Mondelli will return to Cherry Lane Studio with her newest play, Toscana, Or What I Remember, this fall. Mondelli stars in the premiere alongside Scott Barton (York Theatre Company).
The story follows a couple, she a Tuscan native, and he, a paraplegic, who are visiting the small Italian town where she grew up. They form a bond with another couple there, but painful truths and lapses of memory reveal that not all is as they thought it was.
Performances of Toscana, Or What I Remember are set to begin September 15 and continue through October 1. Tara Elliott directs a cast that includes Barton, Mondelli, Kat Kim and Lance Olds.
Here’s how production notes bill the new work: “Emma a native of Tuscany, and her paraplegic husband, Fred, seem to be visiting the small Italian hill town that Emma grew up in for the sake of attending her father's funeral. Frustrated by the weather and tormented by memories of her childhood, Emma finds every excuse to be annoyed with Fred and his physical condition which makes him dependent upon her. A fragile momentary truce between them is broken by two guests of the hotel they frequent; Larry, an expert on botany who's there to give a lecture and Sue, his pregnant wife. At first disdainful towards them, Emma finds Larry's intelligence a welcome distraction. Sue, initially uncomfortable with Fred's disability, finds herself opening up to him in a way she can't with her husband. Both of the couples are jolted out of their complacency with one another when confronted with painful truths brought about by Emma's temporary lapses of memory, forcing them to acknowledge that all is not as it seems.“
Cherry Lane Studio is located at 38 Commerce Street in New York. For tickets go to cherrylanetheatre.org/. For more information go to Toscanaorwhatiremember.