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Lafayette College Theater will present Luigi Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, March 3-6 at the Black Box Theater of the Williams Center for the Arts. Tickets are $6 for the public and $2 for students and may be purchased by calling the box office at 610 330-5009. Also offered to the public is a free “Brown Bag” introduction to the play and its Lafayette staging, to be held at noon on Tuesday, March 2, in the Black Box Theater of the Williams Center. A lunch will be available for $3.00.

Originally staged in Italy in 1921 as Sei personaggi in cerca d’autore, maverick playwright Luigi Pirandello introduced the concept of the “play within a play” by chronicling six characters as they seek an author to tell their stories and present their real lives on stage. Blurring the line between fact and fiction, reality and illusion, Pirandello’s work is thought to be a precursor to the so-called Theater of the Absurd. Pirandello is often credited with influencing the plays of Samuel Beckett, Eugene Ionesco, Jean Genet, Jean Anouilh, and Jean-Paul Sartre.

Guest director Laura Johnson leads a cast of twenty students in the Lafayette production. Aiding Johnson are assistant directors Rob Alessi ’00 of Moorestown, N.J. and Susanna Hoffman ’00 of Douglaston, N.Y. Chris Valenti ’01 of Summit N.J. is stage manager while Lisa Wasiowich ’00 of Wayne, N.J. serves as assistant stage manager. D. Polly Kendrick and Richard Kendrick design the costumes and set, respectively, while Tim Frey manages sound.

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