One of the first and most important Italian playwrights to move away from the commedia dell’arte tradition of improvisation, Carlo Goldoni (1707–1793) wrote more naturalistic “comedies of character” that featured the dialect and situations of everyday life in Venice.
Five Comedies collects a selection of Goldoni’s finest plays, annotated and translated into English: The New House, The Coffee House, and “The Holiday Trilogy” (Off to the Country, Adventures in the Country, and Back from the Country). Editor Michael Hackett provides an introduction to Goldoni and his performance tradition for directors, actors, and designers, revealing the masterful construction of Goldoni’s plays, while an afterword by Cesare de Michelis carefully reconstructs the playwright’s life and times.
- Series: Lorenzo Da Ponte Italian Library
- World Rights
- Page Count: 432 pages
- Illustrations: 20
- Dimensions: 6.5in x 1.0in x 9.0in
"Goldoni is a major figure in European theatre, a prolific and influential eighteenth-century Italian playwright whose work is largely and unreasonably neglected. With a practitioner's eye and ear, Hackett's introduction unveils the craft of this prolific playwright, as well as his art."
J. Michael Walton, Emeritus Professor of Drama, University of Hull
Carlo Goldoni (1707–1793) was a leading eighteenth-century Venetian playwright.
Brittany Asaro is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Languages, Cultures and Literatures at the University of San Diego.
Cesare de Michelis is emeritus professor of contemporary Italian literature at the University of Padua, and president of Marsilio Editori.
Gianluca Rizzo is an assistant professor in the Department of French and Italian at Colby College.
Michael Hackett is a professor in the Theatre Department at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Table of contents
Preface: Carlo Goldoni (Massimo Ciavolella and Luigi Ballerini)
Introduction: The Theatrical Machine of Carlo Goldoni (Michael Hackett)
The New House
The Holiday Trilogy: Three Comedies
Off to the Country
Adventures in the Country
Back from the Country
Afterword: Goldoni Our Contemporary (Cesare De Michalis)
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