Six Characters in Search of an Author

Luigi Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author presented by GRRC in October 2011

by Luigi Pirandello

Directed by Ed Scutt
Presented in October 2011

A stock company is about to rehearse a play. Since there is a dearth of good French comedies, they have to fall back on a comedy by Pirandello, which, the Director admits, is, as usual, quite incomprehensible. Just as rehearsal starts, they are interrupted by a queer assortment of characters who announce they are looking for an author.

It appears that the author whose imagination has conceived them has decided against putting them in a drama. Their only chance to live is to find some author who is willing to put them in a play. The bewildered Director finally consents to let the Characters live out their own story on the stage, while the Stage Manager takes down the parts in shorthand and the stock company stands round to pick up suggestions for proper interpretation. The action proceeds accompanied by the attempts of the harassed Director to keep it within the selective and arbitrary requirements of the stage, and by the insistent endeavors of the Characters to act out the whole of their internal struggle.

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Poster design by Louie Podlaski, used by permission.

The Cast - The Company

  The Director   David F. Runzo
  The Leading Man   Don Bartolo
  The Leading Lady   France McCloskey
  Second Actress   Judie D'Ambrosio
  Second Actor   Christopher Woods Marlin
  Member of the Company   David Byrne
  Member of the Company   Bradley T. Files
  Member of the Company   Richard Mancini
  Company Stage Manager   Beth Ann Floro

The Cast - The Characters in Search of an Author

  Madam Pace   Elena Goldfeder
  The Father   Fred Nuernberg
  The Mother   Mary Quinlan
  The Son   Ben Slomovic
  The Step-Daughter   Mary Reynolds
  The Young Girl   Nora Hoyle
  The Young Boy   Ian Reynolds

 


 

“Six Characters in Search of an Author” Receives TANYS Awards

GRRC's production of Luigi Pirandello's “Six Characters in Search of an Author” received five TANYS Awards.

  • Excellence in Acting to David F. Runzo for his portrayal of “The Director”
  • Excellence in Acting to Fred Nuernberg for his portrayal of “The Father”
  • Meritorious Achievement in Acting to Mary Reynolds for her portrayal of “The Step-Daughter”
  • Meritorious Achievement in Acting to Ben Slomovic for his portrayal of “The Son”
  • Meritorious Achievement in Direction to Ed Scutt

David Runzo, Fred Nuernberg, Elena Goldfeder and Ed Scutt

Cast members David Runzo, Fred Nuernberg, Elena Goldfeder and Richard Mancini
discuss the script for Luigi Pirandello's “Six Characters in Search of an Author”.