A scene from La Strada
(© Martin Fernandez Lombana/interactiveMartin.com)
A scene from La Strada
(© Martin Fernandez Lombana/interactiveMartin.com)
Mario Fratti will be the special guest at a post-performance discussion entitled "Adapting Fellini to the Stage," to be held following the Saturday, November 5 matinee performance of La Strada, at TBG Theater.

Fratti is perhaps best known for his adaptation of Fellini's film 8 ½, into the Broadway musical Nine. The discussion will also feature the directors and cast of La Strada, a Spanish-language adaptation of Federico Fellini's 1954 Italian film.

Presented by the New York-based Spanish theater company, La Strada Company, the work features an adaptation by Gerard Vazquez. It centers on the street entertainer Zampano who offers money to a poor woman in exchange for her daughter Gelsomina, a young woman whose innocence borders on mental retardation. Together they set out on a journey through several villages, eventually joining a traveling circus.

The cast includes Nanda Abella, Israel Ruiz, Luis Carlos de La Lombana, Winston Estevez, Adela Maria Bolet and Jennifer Harder. The production is co-directed by Rene Buch and Jorge Merced.

The talkback is being presented in partnership with TeatroStageFest, the Latino International Theater Festival of New York.

For tickets and more information on La Strada, click here.