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Modern Italian drama ranks among the most important and influential in the western world, yet it has long been inaccessible to English-language readers. Finally, an anthology is available of the best and the brightest in Italian theater, including never-before-translated work by Luigi Pirandello, Pier Maria Rosso di San Secondo, Massimo Bontempelli, Italo Svevo, Eduardo De Filippo, and Alberto Savinio. This volume of Twentieth-Century Italian Drama covers the period spanning from the end of the nineteenth century to that immediately following World War II, displaying the rich breadth of Italian theater in the modern age, from the comedic legacy carried on by such writers as Eduardo De Filippo to the delicate tragedy of playwrights like Federigo Tozzi. Guided by Italian theater critic Antonio Attisani's authoritative introduction, readers will discover the fascinating world of Italian literature: the aesthetic-mystical movement, futurism, teatro grottesco, magical realism, the Catholic strain of drama, and cabaret and variety theater. Twentieth-Century Italian Drama sheds new light on the period of Italian history marked by the reign of Mussolini's fascist regime, offering unprecedented cultural perspective on the changes this wrought on the dramatic productions of the day. Included are seven full-length plays, five one-act plays, one variety sketch, and three futurist sintesi (sketches). Brief introductions preceding each play contextualize the piece within the various movements in Italian theater, and biographies of the editors and translators appear at the end of the volume. An extensive bibliography offers many suggestions for further reading in English. Here, actors and directorswill find stage-ready versions of the finest Italian dramatic works. Other readers interested in Italian literature, comparative literature, theater, and the humanities will also appreciate the opportunity to read this important body of work. Twentieth-Century Italian Drama provides unique insight into the profound influence of the Italian theater on the dramatic productions of other nations, and puts into perspective the broader spectrum of European drama.
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Gabriele d'Annunzio A Spring Morning's Dream (1897), Translated by Anthony Oldcorn Filippo Tommaso Marinetti Connecting Vessels (1916), Translated by Jane House They Are Coming (1915), Translated by Victoria Nes Kirby Feet (1915), Translated by Victoria Nes Kirby Ettore Petrolini Fortunello (1915), Translated by Jane House Music for Fortunello Raffaele Viviani Via Toleda by Night (1918), Translated from the Neopolitan-Italian by Martha King Music for Via Toledo by Night Pier Maria Rosso di San Secondo Puppets of Passion (1918), Translated by Jane House Federigo Tozzi The Casting (1919), Translated by Gisolfi D'Aponte and Jane House Massimo Bontempelli, Translated by Anthony Oldcorn Dea by Dea (1925), Translated by Anthony Oldcorn Music for Dea by Dea Achille Campanile The Inventor of the Horse (1925), Translated by Laurence Senelick Italo Svevo With Guilded Pen (1926), Translated by Anthony Oldcorn Alternative Versions and Dialogue Fragments Luigi Pirandello Why? (1892), Translated by Jane House Tonight We Improvise (1930), Translated, with notes, by J. Douglas Campbell and Leonard G. Sbrocchi Eduardo De Filippo The Nativity Scene (1931-36), Translated and adapted from the Neapolitan-Italian by Anthony Molino with Paul F Alternate Version of Act 3, Translated by Anthony Molino Ugo Betti Crime on Goat Island (1946), Translated by Henry Reed Alberto Savinio Emma B. Widow Jocasta (1949), Translated by Martha King Bibliography Contributors

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This volume of Twentieth-Century Italian Drama covers the period spanning from the end of the nineteenth century to that immediately following World War II, displaying the rich breadth of Italian theater in the modern age, from the comedic legacy carried on by such writers as Eduardo De Filippo to the delicate tragedy of playwrights like Federigo Tozzi.Included are seven full-length plays, five one-act plays, one variety sketch, and three futurist sintesi (sketches). Brief introductions preceding each play contextualize the piece within the various movements in Italian theater, and biographies of the editors and translators appear at the end of the volume. An extensive bibliography offers many suggestions for further reading in English.The playwrights included are Gabriele D'Annunzio, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Ettore Petrolini, Raffaele Viviani, Pier Maria Rosso di San Secondo, Federigo Tozzi, Massimo Bontempelli, Achille Campanile, Italo Svevo, Luigi Pirandello, Eduardo De Filippo, and Ugo Betti.

About the Author

Jane House is an accomplished performer who has worked on and off Broadway as well as in film and television. She currently teaches at Lehman College of CUNY and New York University. Antonio Attisani is Associate Professor of Theater History at the University of Venice School of Literature. A respected Italian theater critic, he has previously edited an encyclopedia of twentieth-century theater around the world.

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