The American premiere of Italian playwright Laura Forti’s “Pesach” will be presented at 7 Stages Mainstage Theatre in Little Five Points. Ms. Forti’s play is an intense examination of the dynamics of an Italian family torn by Holocaust memories and its struggles to identify as Jewish.
Laura Forti’s work has been widely produced in Europe, but this production of Pesach is the first of her plays to be performed in the United States. She has collaborated with important German and Swiss theaters such as the Theater Lubeck, the Junges Theater in Gottingen, the Théâtre National de Luxembourg, and the Schauspielhaus in Zurich. Productions of her plays have been sponsored by the Théâtre National de Strasbourg, the Théâtre de la Ville Paris, Comedie Française, Compagnie Les Trois Temps, Mandarine Blanche and the Massalia Theater, and have been presented at the Avignon Festival in 2010 and 2011. In France, her plays have been published by the prestigious Actes Sud.
Director Ray Paolino says, “Ms. Forti’s work pushes against the current trends of post-modernism in Europe and returns to the guts and angst of realism, delivering psychologically layered characters and digging down to the inner truth of each human. This material provides wonderful opportunities for actors and audiences to experience catharsis and climax as well as the baring of human souls in real time. It should be a thrilling evening." Audiences should be able to identify with the many challenges presented by a torn family grappling with historical scars, scathing humor and newly made struggles.
The cast of four is comprised of faculty artists and professionally trained actors from the graduate MFA acting program at the University of Georgia.