La Prima Donna
La Prima Donna is an original production by Fools In Progress Theatre Company. It was spored from the need to demonstrate as many characters of Commedia dell’Arte as possible. What was built to be a simple educational exercise and originally called Duo Commedia, became Fools in Progress most successful original production as it is at once hilarious, informative and entertaining.
The play introduces the audience to the classic style and cast of Commedia dell’Arte. Due the current #TimesUp and #MeToo movements involving the female actors of today, the Fools decided to elaborate towards a new concept, transitioning from the previous Duo Commedia to La Prima Donna. The new production focuses on the story of the first female to take to the stage and become the world’s first professional actress. It is a light-hearted comparison between the life and times of world’s first actresses and that of the modern female actor
The show remains a great introduction to Commedia as Fools In Progress perform in a comic sequence eight famous stock characters: Il Dottore, Flavio, Colombina, Brighella, Pulcinella, Il Capitano, Pantalone and of course Arlecchino. If you have never seen a Commedia dell’Arte performance before, this is the best way to get to know the main characters, the masks and the over the top acting style that Commedia dell’Arte requires. Not to forget that the content, although painstakingly and precisely planned, is no less than eighty percent improvised, relying only on the actors’ extended knowledge of the physicality and temperament of every character portrayed on stage.
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