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Arts / Entertainment

Pirandello's play startled his contemporaries

Updated April 22, 2009

In this play directed by Theatre Division Associate Professor Laura Jones, six characters walk onto a stage during a routine rehearsal and insist that their story - not the one the actors are currently rehearsing - be shown and told to the audience.

Theatre anyone? 

Step away from your busy life to enjoy an afternoon or night of theatre in one of Fort Collins' most gorgeous performing arts venues - the University Center for the Arts

Six Characters in Search of an Author by Nobel Prize winning playwright Luigi Pirandello, will be performed in University Theatre on the dates listed below.  

Performance dates/times

  • Thursday, April 23 at 8 p.m.
  • Friday, April 24 at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 25 at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 26 at 2 p.m.

All performances take place in the University Theatre at the University Center for the Arts.

Originally performed in Rome, 1921

The originality of Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author initially baffled but later dazzled audiences and critics alike. In what begins as a realistic play, Pirandello introduces six intruders who make the extraordinary claim that they are the incomplete but independent products of an author's imagination - "characters" the artist abandoned when he couldn't complete their story.

These "characters" have arrived on the stage to find an author, someone who will give them the fullness of literary life that their original author denied them. Furthermore, these "characters" claim that they are more "real" than the actors who eventually want to portray them.

This concept was so startling that it helped to incite a riot in the audience where the original production of the play was staged in Rome on May 10, 1921.

Meet the student actors 

Dramatic literature many have read, but few have seen

"Six Characters in Search of an Author is one of those plays in the canon of dramatic literature that a lot of people have read but few people have ever seen," said Director Laura Jones. "I've wanted to tackle this play for years, but I finally found an adaptation that allows Pirandello's play to work on the stage like it does on the page."  


Tickets are $7/CSU students, $7/youth (ages 6 - 17), $14/seniors, and $16/public.

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More information

Contact: Jennifer Clary
Phone: (970) 491-3603