The Play Company will present the U.S. debut of Working On A Special Day, which the company will present as a Studio Production in collaboration with Mexico City-based Por Piedad Teatro.
Originally an Oscar-nominated Italian film Una Giornata Particolare ("A Special Day") that was written and directed by Ettore Scola and starred Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni, Working On A Special Day was first developed and adapted for the stage in Spanish by two of Mexico's most prominent theatre artists, Laura Almela and Daniel Giménez Cacho.
The Play Company/Por Piedad Teatro production will develop the new English language production of the play during the course of its 10-day Studio Production at The Flea. The English translation of Working On A Special Day is by Fernando Gambaroni.
Inspired by Scola's 1977 film, two actors - Por Piedad Teatro's Ana Graham and Antonio Vega -- explore the life-changing encounter between an overworked housewife and a mysterious bachelor, set against the backdrop of rising fascism on the day of Hitler's 1938 visit to Mussolini's Italy. With only simple props and the power of the imagination, the actors create a performance that celebrates the essence of theatre.