Six Characters in Search of an Author

Six Characters in Search of an Author


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'Six Characters in search of an Author' is a is a satirical tragicomedy play. First performed in 1921 at the Teatro Valle in Rome, it had a very mixed reception, with the audience shouting "Manicomio!" ("Madhouse!"). However, the reception improved significantly and in 1922 it played on Broadway at the Princess Theatre.
The play starts with a group of actors preparing to rehearse for a Pirandello play. The rehearsal is interrupted by the arrival of six characters. One of then informs the manager that they are looking for an author. He explains that the author who created them did not finish their story, and that they therefore are unrealized characters who have not been fully brought to life. Initially, the manager goes to throw them out of the theatre, but becomes more intrigued when they start to describe their story.

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ISBN-13: 9781647997892
Publisher: Bibliotech Press
Publication date: 07/23/2020
Pages: 90
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.38(d)

About the Author

Niclas Olson's adaptations of Shakespeare's HAMLET, ROMEO AND JULIET, Christopher Marlowe's DOCTOR FAUSTUS, August Strindberg's MISS JULIE, Luigi Pirandello's SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR, Henrik Ibsen's GHOSTS and A DOLL'S HOUSE were commissioned and performed by New Muses Theatre Company. His original plays LAST WALTZ ON A MIDNIGHT VIOLIN and DIRTY LAUNDRY have been staged at Pacific Lutheran University. He studied playwriting in London and received his degree in theatre from Pacific Lutheran University.

Luigi Pirandello was an Italian novelist, playwright and poet. His major plays include RIGHT YOU ARE (IF YOU THINK YOU ARE); HENRY IV; THE RULES OF THE GAME; TONIGHT WE IMPROVISE; and THE MAN WITH THE FLOWER IN HIS MOUTH. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1934 and is considered one of the forerunners of the absurdist theatre movement.

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