www.pazzilazzitroupe.com Koumatzelis Auditorium - Bentley University
175 Forest Street
Waltham, MA 02452
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Theater show "La Giara (The Oil Jar)" By Luigi Pirandello - A One Act Play with Southern Italian Music
Performed in Italian with English subtitles. Free and Open to All.
Produced by All'italiana - Boston Italian Theatre Company
Koumatzelis Auditorium Bentley University 175 Forest Street, Waltham, MA
The play is set in an olive grove in Sicily, Italy around 1890. It is harvesting season, and landowner Don Lolò is anxious to put his freshly squeezed olive oil in a new, shiny ceramic oil jar. Don Lolò is surrounded by his employees, women (Gnà Tana, Trisuzza, Carminella) and men (Mpari Pè, Tararà, Fillicò), who mock his attitude and fear his temper in equal measure, and his lawyer, Scimé, who made the mistake of accepting Don Lolò’s invitation to spend the summer in his estate and is now regretting it, as Don Lolò keeps pestering him with legal questions. There’s a new, unprecedented case waiting for them around the corner. The oil jar has been broken. The farmers convince Don Lolò to call a conciabrocche (“jar-fixer”), Zi’ Dima, to fix the broken jar. Zi’ Dima is famous for having created a mysterious glue that holds everything together. Don Lolò, however, does not trust that glue to work and orders Zi’ Dima to use both the glue and the traditional rivets. Zi’ Dima does as instructed, but he accidentally remains stuck inside the jar. What will Don Lolò do? Will he break his precious possession to set Zi’ Dima free? Or will the oil jar become a prison for Zi’ Dima? Luigi Pirandello is one of the most famous Italian novelists, playwrights, and short story writers from the twentieth century. Native of Agrigento, Sicily, he called himself a “son of chaos” and believed that we are all prisoners of roles (“masks”) imposed by society. In his writing, Pirandello explored themes such as the blurred lines between reality and illusion, the trappings of social conventions, the relative nature of our own perspective on life. He won the Nobel prize for literature in 1934.