Visiting actor to bring characters
to life with Italian masks
KINGSTON, R.I. -- October 8, 1998 -- Anyone who enjoys theater, Italian
history, or has lived in Italy is sure to enjoy actor Mace Perlman when
he visits the Kingston Campus on Wednesday, November 4 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
The performance (in English, with some Italian) will be in Studio J, Fine
Arts Center, URI Kingston Campus. It is free and open to the public.
Perlman's visit is sponsored by the Italian section of the Department
of Languages and the Theatre Department at URI. Perlman, a classically trained
mime and actor, will bring to life the traditional characters of the "commedia
dell'arte," using leather masks created in Vicenza, Italy. The masks
have been hailed by The New York Times as "splendid little
works of art."
Perlman will introduce the audience to the traditional characters from
Italian theater: Pantalone, the original merchant of Venice; Arlecchino,
his servant from Bergamo; Brighella, Arlecchino's zany companion from the
hills of Bergamo; the Dottore from the famed University of Bologna.
The audience will be enthralled as Perlman then becomes each of these
characters in turn, as he dons their masks, speaks their dialects and inhabits
"Italian history and theatrical entertainment go hand-in-hand as
Perlman explores one of the most influential cultural phenomena of modern
Europe, whose archetypes are universal and whose myth and legacy are still
with us today," says URI Language Professor Remo Trivelli.
For More Information: Jan Sawyer, 874-2116