Neapolitan crazyness and fun break out when an Italian journalist, who covered the terrible Irpinia earthquake of 1980, returns to Naples to investigate whether conditions will ever improve there. He is mistaken for a member of President Obama's advance party and ends up getting more involved in saving the city than he reckoned for.
When our President coincidentally arrives, miraculously, bringing his message of peace and hope, he is welcomed by the Neapolitans like a new San Gennaro. For a few days Naples becomes the capital of the world and Obama the new patron saint of the city.
The underlying theme is Southern Italy’s never-ending woes, summed up by the question: have
things gotten better or worse in the last thirty years? Can young folk across the continents--from Paris to Perth, Bombay to Beijing--be inspired by Obama to fight corruption and make a brighter future...or not? The play sparkles with songs. Like most Italian comedies, it borrows from commedia dell' arte but its humor is the genuine kind that stems from the warmth of the characters themselves.
The play is translated from the Italian and the Neapolitan by Angela Carabelli and edited by Olga Cortese and Michael F. Moore (not the documentary film maker). Olga Cortese is the producer.
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Claudio Angelini is a well-known television news reporter. Among his many assignments, he covered the earthquake in Irpinia, accompanying President Pertini.
He was the Director of the RAI office of the Quirinale and the anchorman of Italy’s National newscast Tg1 for over twenty years. He has directed countless RAI shows and offices, such as the Radio newscasts (Gr1-Gr2 and Gr3) and RAI’s headquarters in the United States.
On September 11, 2001 he was the first Italian journalist to report the news of the attack on the Twin Towers. He was also Director of the Italian Cultural Institute of New York, where he has been living for fourteen years and where he currently serves as President of the Dante Alighieri Society, and is a columnist for the Italian daily, Il Messaggero.
He has covered Obama since the primaries and published a book with Rizzoli on the first years of his presidency, Obama: Un Anno di Sfide (Obama: A Year of Challenges)
Angelini has written several novels (his latest:La Foresta di New York
-- The Jungle of New York
, Rizzoli), essays, poetry and a comedy (Viaggio di Nozze
-- The Honeymoon
) which earned him the Fondi prize. He has also recorded a CD of songs and ballads distributed by RCA.
His latest book in English is The Mystery of Simonetta
, translated by Martha King. It is an historical novel about Simonetta Vespucci, the young woman whose likeness is seen in Botticelli's La Primavera
and Birth of Venus
, two of the world's best-loved and most enigmatic paintings.
Stephan Morrow is an actor, director, producer and veteran of the Off Off Broadway arena, where he finds the work most compelling. In 2011 he directed two productions by Mario Fratti (author of Nine
, at Theater for the New City and Triangle - The Shirtwaist Triangle Factory Fire" by J. Gilhooley at 59E59 St. Theaters. He also directed staged readings of Wall St. Fandango
by Murray Schisgal at The Actor’s Studio and Theater for the New City with casts including Peter Riegert and Rosie Perez. Most recently he acted in and directed Dogmouth
by John Steppling at Theater for the New City. He has performed in two plays by Norman Mailer, Strawhead: Marilyn, A Memory Play
and The Deer Park.
He can be seen in Mailer's cult classic film, Tough Guys Don’t Dance.
In 2007 he acted and directed Mr. Mailer’s play "The Deer Park" and was then invited to co-direct a film of the play with Mr. Mailer and act in it. From 2001 to 2005, as Artistic Director of The Great American Play Series, he directed four public presentations of Arthur Miller’s play Incident at Vichy
with Mr. Miller’s personal backing. Casts included Richard Dreyfus, F. Murray Abraham, Fritz Weaver, Austin Pendleton, Barry Primus and many others. Morrow was mentored into the Playwright Directing Unit of the Actor’s Studio by Elia Kazan.