Having lived in Rome, Italy for 4 years as an Italian-American, I (Phil) was fascinated with the prolific visible works of the Baroque artist, Gian Lorenzo Bernini. His works, like the Piazza Navona Four Rivers truly engaged me in the wonder of art. About ten years after my return to repatriate to the USA, I read the brilliantly written biography called Bernini: His LIfe and HIs Rome. The story told brought so much more context to my consciousness of this famous artist. I felt the story should be dramatized and asked the author a Bernini Scholar, if he would like to participate. He graciously obliged. In sharing the book with a playwright (Clay Ballard), he too believed this should be a play.
Bernini in Ecstasy, LLC has announced a development workshop and staged reading of the exciting new play “Bernini in Ecstasy,” by Clay Ballard. Inspired by the biography Bernini: His Life and His Rome, by Franco Mormando, Ph.D., the play tells the story of famed Baroque artist, Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Found everywhere in Rome, Bernini is known for his many works, including the Fountain of the Four Rivers in the Piazza Navona, Apollo and Daphne and the Ecstasy of Saint Teresa. After living in Rome for four years, Philip Micali decided to bring Bernini’s story to the stage. He enlisted the talents of playwright Clay Ballard, who has created the world that Bernini lived in. https://www.facebook.com/berniniplay The author of the biography participated as historical consultant, while staged readings are directed by Kate Kaffrey (Boston), and Jacqi Loewy (Cleveland).
“Bernini in Ecstasy,” presents the mythic personalities inhabiting the exclusive realms of Baroque Rome. Completed in early 2015, the play continues its development in a series of staged readings resulting in a fully staged production. However, the production needs help before the play can get on its feet. That’s why they launched this Kickstarter campaign. The goal is to raise $5,000 by September 27, 2015. The funds raised will go towards the development workshop and staged readings, as well as to offset the cost of presenting “Bernini in Ecstasy” to potential backers for a full production.
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The process for developing a new play is long and tenuous. Having participated as co-producer of a similar production on another Baroque period artist, Artimesia Gentilischi, I learned that patience with the process of development is most important. Morally supporting all artists involved was the most valuable quality to inspire progress and celebrate milestones of achievement. There is nothing like seeing a piece of art, both visual and dramatic, take shape. It's worth the wait!Näheres zur Rechenschaftspflicht auf Kickstarter
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