Alessandro Corazzi, an Italian playwright and filmmaker, will have his first American production at La MaMa with Blue Day, a two-character play that has equal measures of Sartre and Murray Schisgal. The play has been translated by Celeste Moratti and will be performed in English, directed by the author.
The play takes place at the time of day that John Steinbeck called "pearl time," the break between night and day when time stands still and examines itself. (The play's Italian name is "L'ora della perla.") Giulio, a temperamental man of 35, sits outside a factory holding a sign that says "I Lost." He has drenched himself with gasoline and plans to set himself on fire. He has also notified the news media of the impending debacle. His suicide is interrupted by the arrival of Carlotta, a fresh, pretty and sassy 17 year-old girl, who ultimately saves his life with her spunkiness and her ability to lie. The play, then, is their delightfully ironic dialogue about reality, existential problems and social injustice. It's dedicated to "the ones who resist."