Napoli! An Italian Comedy



LOCATION: American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T), 415 Geary St., San Francisco

7:00 pm: gather in ACT’s Garrett Room, 5th Floor

7:15 pm: pre-show talk by Beatrice Basso

8:00 pm: performance of Napoli!

TICKETS: Closed.

OUR DISCOUNTED RATES: $45 for orchestra (regularly $85); $30 for mezzanine (regularly $50); $15 for balcony (regularly $25). Tickets subject to availability, so book soon!

We are delighted to have Beatrice Basso, the plays’s co-translator, presenting a pre-show talk about the play and her experience in translating it.

About the Play and Playwright:

Eduardo De FilippoImagine Laurence Olivier was combined with William Shakespeare, resulting in a genius who could act as well as he could write. That’s the sort of talented powerhouse that Eduardo De Filippo was; his impact on the worlds of Italian literature, theater and cinema was immeasurable. Now, the American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) debuts a fresh translation of one of De Filippo’s most beloved comedies, Napoli! Set during World War II, a feisty and cash-strapped Neapolitan mother starts a lucrative black market business … only to prosper a little too much, prompting hard questions about morality and the state of society. A.C.T. favorite Marco Barricelli (Vigil at A.C.T.) and Stratford Festival star Seana McKenna (Phèdre at A.C.T.) return to lead the cast of this wildly entertaining comedy, as dark and robust as a double shot of espresso.


About the Speaker:

Beatrice BassoBeatrice Basso is a dramaturg, translator, and actor, originally from Asolo, near Venice. There she studied acting with Mirko Artuso. She obtained a degree in Classics and Theater Studies at the University of Padua. After living in London and studying drama at Royal Holloway University, she moved to the United States, continuing her work both as a dramaturg/translator and as an actor.

She has done dramaturgical work at many new plays festivals and theaters, including Long Wharf Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and A.C.T., where she now serves as Artistic Associate. Her translations have been produced by Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Shakespeare Santa Cruz and presented at Theater Calgary, Cutting Ball Theater, and A.C.T. Her experience as a translator has been featured in “Tradurre,” “Theatre Topics,” and on NPR–All Things Considered. She translates from and into Italian. As an actor, Beatrice has appeared in readings and productions in Italy, Canada, and on the East Coast. In the Bay Area she has acted with Playwrights Foundation and Golden Thread and at Fury Factory, Eureka Theatre, Kunst-Stoff, Magic Theatre, The Western Stage and Shakespeare Santa Cruz, among others. Her work can be seen in several short films, including Danielle Katvan’s Laundry, which has screened at major festivals across the country. Beatrice believes in combining instinct with rigor in all facets of her theater-making life, and she believes in collaboration.

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