Spring Play: Pirandello’s Naked

This spring Saint Rose players will perform Naked, a rarely staged drama by Italian playwright, novelist, and Nobel Prize winner Luigi Pirandello. Pirandello is best known for his plays, like Six Characters in Search of an Author and Enrico Quatro, both of which, like Naked, tackle issues of identity and reality/artificiality. The play will be directed by Dr. Kenneth Krauss, director of the Saint Rose drama program. Regarding the play’s plot, Dr. Krauss tells us, “Naked centers on a young woman who, while working as a governess, unwittingly contributed to the death of the child for whom she was caring. After attempting suicide, an act covered in all the newspapers, she is taken in by a successful Roman novelist, eager to give her a new start. Yet he and the other three men who come back to see her are not really interested in who she really is but only in who they think she is. Pirandello’s ironic exploration of identity questions the possibility of a genuine self and asks audiences to contrast what they think of as real life with the artificiality of the theatre.”

Naked will be performed Thursday, April 19, through Sunday, April 22, in the Saint Rose Campus Theatre, 996A Madison Ave. (located behind 1000 Madison Ave.), Albany.  Show times are: Thursday, April 19 at 7 pm, Friday, April 20 at 7 pm, Saturday, April 21 at 2 pm and 7 pm, and Sunday, April 22 at 2 pm. Regular admission is $10, or $5 with a Saint Rose I.D. Seating is limited and there are no reservations, so theatergoers should plan to arrive well before curtain time to see this thought-provoking play!

The spring performances of Naked will feature the acting talents of five Saint Rose students:

Character                Actor                                              Year                         Hometown

Erselia Drei          Kerry McNamera                  Freshman               Troy

Ludovico Nota  Christopher Suprenant    Sophomore          Whitesboro

Signora Honoria    Erica Woodin                     Freshman               Cobleskill

Franco Laspiga     Andrew Durand                 Sophomore            Owego

Emma                     Adrianne Puretll                 Junior                      Troy

Alfredo Cantavalle     Christopher Cavender        (not a Saint Rose Student)

Consul Grotti        Kevin Escudero        (not a Saint Rose student)

For more information about the spring play, contact Dr. Krauss: kraussk@strose.edu.


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