Maria Cassi

production dates

Spoleto53 Festival dei 2Mondi,
19-27 June 2010, www.festivaldispoleto.com

New Jersey, Vassar & New York Stage and Film, 16-18 July 2010

Milan, Teatro Franco Parenti
26 October - 7 November 2010, www.teatrofrancoparenti.it

Volterra, Teatro Persio Flacco
10 December 2010

Milan, Teatro Franco Parenti
31 December 2010 - 8 January 2011

Florence, Teatro del Sale,
21 - 29 December 2010
25 January - 05 February 2011
22 - 26 February 2011
01 - 05 March 2011
22 March - 02 April 2011
19 - 30 April 2011

Piacenza, Teatro Comunale Filodrammatici,
30 October 2011 www.teatricomunali.piacenza.it

Bucharest, Romania, 6-11 November 2011

Rimini, Teatro Ermete Novelli, 14 November 2011, www.teatroermetenovelli.it

Reggio Emilia, Teatro La Cavallerizza, 16-20 November 2011, www.iteatri.re.it

Borgo San Lorenzo, Firenze, Teatro Giotto, 22 November 2011, www.toscanaspettacolo.com

Grosseto, Teatro degli Industri, 23 November 2011, www.gol.grosseto.it/industri/

Perugia, Teatro Morlacchi, 21-22 December 2011, www.teatrostabile.umbria.it

Castelfranco Di Sopra, Arezzo, Teatro Comunale, 25 February 2012

Arcidosso, Grosseto, Teatro degli Unanimi,
26 February 2012

Rockville, New York, Madison theatre at Molloy College, 9-10 March 2012
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New York,45th Street Theatre,
15-18 March 2012
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Stradella, Pavia, Teatro Sociale,
19-20 April 2012


photo©Tilde De Tullio

My Life with Men... and Other Animals offers an exhilaratingly intensive course on love, seduction, death and…olive oil! The production – in Italian and English – turns on its head the American concept of Italian romance and womanhood, demystifying archetypes created through movies and television and stars like Gina Lollabrigida, Anna Magnani, and Sophia Loren.
Maria Cassi explodes the myths drawing on her own past as well as a galaxy of fictional characters. And in their place evokes with the help of projections, photographs, and the occasional subtitle, a sexy and magical world half tethered to a piquant reality and half airborne in her own surreal, clown-like imagination.

Maria Cassi, the internationally acclaimed performance artist, makes her Spoleto Festival debut with the world premiere of My Life with Men – and Other Animals, which she has co-written with Patrick Pacheco.   In a recent review, the French journal Le Monde hailed her as a “ clown without the red nose”, comparing her to such classic comics as Jerry Lewis, Charlie Chaplin, and Jacques Tati.
Peter Schneider, the Tony Award–winning producer of the Broadway Musical The Lion King, makes his Spoleto Festival debut as the director of My Life with Men-and Other Animals. He recently directed the West End hit, Sister Act, the Musical, which he developed after leaving his position as Chairman of the Disney Film Studio.   As  President of its fabled animation division, he spearheaded such critically acclaimed features as Who Framed Roger Rabbit , The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King, an era chronicled in the new documentary, Waking Sleeping Beauty which he produced.
Patrick Pacheco is an award-winning New York journalist whose profiles have appeared in “The New York Times”, “The Los Angeles Times”, “The Wall Street Journal” and several other publications.  He recently branched out into writing plays and screenplays, including his collaboration with Maria Cassi on My Life with Men—and Other Animals.  He contributed to the creation of  the Broadway musical, Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life and wrote the new documentary, Waking Sleeping Beauty



written by Patrick Pacheco and Maria Cassi
directed by Peter Schneider
musical direction James Edwards
set design Gianni Carluccio
costume design William Ivey Long
light design A.J. Weissbard
video design Valeria Palermo

with Maria Cassi
and Antonio Siringo at the piano

Produced by Change Performing Arts, Teatro del Sale and Red Shoes Entertainment
Executive Producer CRT Artificio