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Italian Playwrights Project: Stefano Massini’s SOMETHING ABOUT THE LEHMANS

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Dec 5, 2016
Dec 5, 2016
Segal Theatre

Photo by Attilio Marasco

Photo by Attilio Marasco

Monday, December 5
Segal Theatre
6:30pm Artist talk + Reading

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

Something About The Lehmans by Italian playwright Stefano Massini tells the story of the historic rise and fall of the Lehman Brothers investment house. This fictional book is based on Massini’s theatre plays The Lehman Trilogy, a five-hour saga that traces the legacy of the infamous banking family back three generations, beginning with their humble arrival to America in the mid‑1800s and ending with their empire’s eventual demise in 2008.

The play premiered at the Piccolo Teatro di Milano-Teatro d’Europa in 2015 and was the last work of legendary Italian theatre director Luca Ronconi. It has since been produced widely in Europe. Oscar Award-winning director Sam Mendes will be staging The Lehman Trilogy. Join us for a conversation with Stefano Massini about his work, the history of the Piccolo Teatro di Milano, and contemporary theatre in Europe. The event will also feature a reading of an excerpt from the book Something about the Lehmans (Mondadori, 2016), translated by Allison Eikerenkoetter, directed by Marco Calvani, and performed by Robert Funaro.

Italian Playwrights Project created by Valeria Orani (369gradi Italy/ Umanism NY, www.umanism.com) and Frank Hentschker (Martin E. Segal Theatre Center) in collaboration with Giorgio Van Straten (Director, Italian Cultural Institute in New York (www.iicnewyork.esteri.it).

This event is made possible by the generous support of Joseph LoCicero/ The Segal Company.



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Marco Calvani Italian born, Marco is an award winning playwright/director/translator/actor. His plays have been translated and performed throughout Europe, Asia, US, Latin America. He is a member of the Literary Board at the National Theatre of Scotland, of the Dramatists Guild of America and of the Playwrights/Directors Unit at The Actors Studio. He is the winner of the 2011 SIAE Prize for Best Playwright, of the 2013 Outstanding Playwright at the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity Awards, NY and of the 2015 Calcante Prize. He’s also the recipient of the 2011 Writer Grant at the Cité Internationale des Arts of Paris and of the 2015 Writers Fellowship at the Edward Albee Foundation. In 2012 he created with Neil LaBute the project AdA – Author directing Author, whose third edition will open in January 2017 at La MaMa Theatre. www.marcocalvani.com


New York born Robert Funaro is best known for his recurring character, Eugene Pontecorvo in the acclaimed HBO T.V. Series The sopranos. He was a recurring character Tony Del Greco in HBO’s VINYL directed by Martin Scorsese. He currently was cast and filmed the pilot for THE SINNER a series for universal with Jessica Biel and Bill Pullman as Ron Tannetti. His film credits include: Not Fade Away directed by David Chase,  American Gangster with Ridley Scott. He has worked numerously in the NYC OFF Broadway Theater scene at 59E59- American Premier of Fresh Kills from the Royal Court production directed by Isaac Bynes and How Alfo Learned To Love Woman. He currently is in THE MILKMAS SISTER perfroming at the 13th Street Repertory. Staged reading of Geeta and Sid go to Roam by Allison Eikerenkoetter at Medicine Show Theater.

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