Tickets are now available for the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc’s production of Love in Naples, written and directed by Rick Ponzio, UW-Manitowoc Associate Lecturer of Communication/Theater Arts. The show will be performed April 9th-12th at 7:30 p.m. in the campus’ University Theatre located in Lakeside Hall. General admission tickets are $8; senior citizen tickets are $6 and UW-Manitowoc students can attend for free with ID. Group sales are available at a discount.
Love in Naples is a slapstick comedy performed in the style of the Italian Comedy, or Commedia dell’ Arte, set in late Renaissance Naples. Leandro was thought to have drowned. His fiancée, Beatrice, is being forced to marry Leandro’s father, Pantalone, by her mother, Il Dottore, to provide an heir for the two families. Disguised as a young boy, Beatrice runs away only to be challenged on a street by the unrecognizable Leandro, who swam away from a shipwreck. Defeating Leandro, Beatrice recognizes him as he pines for her aloud. With the help of their servants Truffaldina and Francischino, the young lovers plot to trick their parents Pantalone and Dottore into admitting their past love for each other and tying the knot.
Love in Naples premiered in 1981 in Minneapolis, MN and was toured by a professional troupe called Commedia Theater Company for two years. The UW- Manitowoc production is a regional premiere.
Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance from the Administrative Services Office during business hours, Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 683-4700 for information or visit www.uwmanitowoc.uwc.edu.