American Premiere - A Peak Commission
February 14 and 15 • 7:30 p.m.
February 16 • 8:00 p.m.
February 17 • 3:00 p.m.
Alexander Kasser Theater
Every seat: $15*
Concept and Direction by Romeo Castellucci
Original Music by Scott Gibbons
Performed by Gianni Plazzi and Sergio Scarlatella, with Dario Baldrini, Vito Matera, and Silvano Voltolina.
Societas Raffaello Sanzio (Italy)
Romeo Castellucci • Director
Please be advised: Production contains adult themes and mature content which may be controversial to some.
Join us for a community conversation with the director and the company after the 2/16 performance!
A mysterious and starkly wonderous invention of stagecraft created by one of the greatest contemporary artists, On the Concept of the Face, Regarding the Son of God questions the meaning of life through a devastatingly realistic prism of faith and love. As an adult son copes with caring for his aging father, this ode to compassion implores the audience to experience the sacred nature of dignity gained through suffering. In a work of total theater both tender and provocative, Romeo Castellucci pushes the limits of stage expression, drawing parallels between the abstract and bodily reality. Don’t miss the American premiere of one of the most controversial theatre pieces to emerge from Europe in the past few years.
Performed in Italian, English translation provided.
“An unforgettable portrait of tender loving care.” – Montreal Gazette
Organized by the Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies (Department of Spanish and Italian) at Montclair State University, in collaboration with the Office of Arts and Cultural Programming and the Department of Theatre and Dance at Montclair State University.
Produced by Societas Raffaello Sanzio. Co-produced by Peak Performances @ Montclair State (NJ), Theater der Welt 2010 (Essen); deSingel International Arts Campus (Antwerp); Théâtre National de Bretagne (Rennes); The National Theatre (Oslo); Barbican London and SPILL Festival of Performance; Chekhov International Theatre Festival (Moscow); Holland Festival (Amsterdam); Athens Festival; GREC Festival de Barcelona; Festival d’Avignon; International Theatre Festival DIALOG Wroclav; Belgrade International Theatre Festival; Spielzeit Europa I Berliner Festspiele; Théâtre de la Ville (Paris); Romaeuropa Festival; Theatre Festival SPIELART München; Le-Maillon (Strasbourg/ Scène Européenne); and Théâtre Auditorium de Poitiers. Produced in collaboration with Centrale Fies/Dro.
*Undergraduate students at MSU receive one ticket at no additional charge to every event through the Performing Arts Fee. Tickets may be reserved at the Alexander Kasser Theater Box Office, with a valid student I.D.