Pirandello’s ‘Six Characters’ brings surrealism to Three Stages
This month, Three Stages at Folsom Lake College will feature Nobel Laureate Luigi Pirandello’s most famous drama, “Six Characters in Search of an Author,” produced by Aquila Theatre.
“Six Characters in Search of an Author” will run for one performance only at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 12.
“Aquila Theatre is exceptional, and this play is riveting theater,” Three Stages Executive Director Dave Pier said of the upcoming show. “We look forward to presenting this historic play in Stage Two, our City Studio Theater, where the audience will be up close to the action on stage.”
First staged in Rome in 1921, Pirandello’s surrealist play dared to ask fundamental questions about the very nature of art and entertainment, blurring the line between reality and artifice.
The play opens with a group of actors preparing to rehearse for a Pirandello play, but they are interrupted by the unexpected arrival of six nameless characters. The leader of the characters, the father, informs the manager of the play that they are looking for an author explaining that the writer did not finish their story. The characters continue to question the reality of their situation even in matters of life and death. When one character dies, they debate whether the situation is “real” or “make believe.”
Aquila Theatre is the foremost producer of touring classical theatre in the United States, visiting 60-70 American cities per year. Their mission is to make classical works accessible to the greatest number. Founded in London in 1991 by Peter Meineck, Aquila is now based in New York City.
Tickets are available online at threestages.net or from Three Stages Ticket Office at (916) 608-6888 from 10 am to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Three Stages is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom.