Archive: Saturday, Sunday, Monday
February 12 – March 6, 2016
Preview February 11
The Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre
Marjorie Arenstein Stage
at Virginia Rep Center Free Parking
By Eduardo de Filippo
Translated Linda Alper and Beatrice Basso
Direction by Carl Forsman
Part of the Acts of Faith Festival
Meet the cast (pdf)
Anyone who has ever been embroiled in family drama will love it."
"It’s not every day theater audiences get to watch a troupe of actors set a pot to boil, cook a meal of pasta and sit down to Sunday dinner in the middle of the stage."
Preview: "Food-centric drama takes center stage at Virginia Repertory Theatre"
Set in Naples in 1959, Saturday, Sunday, Monday reflects three days in the lives of a postwar Italian family. During the traditional Sunday dinner, passions flare amidst a gathering of family and friends. Add two cups of generational conflict, a dash of lovers' quarrel, and a heaping tablespoon of humor, and enjoy a meal you won’t forget. This fresh translation of an Italian classic will appeal to all the senses as the traditional ragù simmers on stage.
Eduardo de Filippo is considered one of the great Italian playwrights and is best known for his Neapolitan works. He was also an actor, screenwriter, author and poet. Filippo was born in Naples to a playwright and theatre seamstress and began a life in theatre at an early age. His 1973 London production of Saturday, Sunday, Monday starring Laurence Olivier won the London Drama Critics Award. In 1981 he was made a life senator of the Italian Republic. Press Release (pdf)
Approximately 2 hours, including intermission
Please note that Thursday performances begin at 7 p.m.
Acts of Faith post show discussion
On two Sundays -- February 21 and March 6 -- Virginia Rep will host panel discussions following the performance. Read more at the Acts of Faith Festival.
Four Thoughts pre show discussion
On Sunday, February 21, Anthony Russell and Lidia Radi from the University of Richmond will share thoughts about Italian Culture. 30 minutes before the performance. Free and open to the public. No RSVP required.
On Sunday, February 28, the Italian Program at VCU’s School of World Studies will share four thoughts and ideas about the production. 30 minutes before the performance. Free and open to the public. No RSVP required.