Commedia dell' Arte

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The Commedia dell' Arte shows that I produce are created through improvisation. When producing a new show actors are trained in character-types, lazzi, physicalization and movement through intense and rigorous workshops.  Actors are cast into one of the four character-types: The Lovers, The Old Men, The Servant (Zanni) or The Captain. These trainings are based in the training I received from Antonio Fava. Through those experiences I have developed my own approach to guiding actors through understanding this performance style and its physical, verbal and mental requirements.

 

Many plays the plays I have produced are based on scenarios I write or from classic sources like Flaminio Scala.  The play then is devised through improv during the rehearsal period with  time spent on Lazzi and music.  Within the Mask/Puppet Construction page you find the process by which I build our masks and Batocci (Slapsticks)

All of my Commedia plays include live music and live Foley cartoon type sound effects performed by actors on stage.

Throughout this section I will not give a detailed summary of the story of each play. With the exception of I Got Guns and Rescission on the High Seas the story lines are pretty much the same they were back in the day -- Two lovers in love, something prevents from being together-usually their fathers, with the enlistment of the servants things work out in the end. Although the stories tend to be the same for most Commedia plays, people come to see Lazzi. In other words, people come to see the clever, ingenious and crazy things that happen on the stage.

I Got Guns! 2.0

This is an updates version of the original 2016 production.

Scenario by Dan Stone

Directed by Dan Stone

2018

Love, Lies and Lunacy

Based on the Flamino Scala scenario : The Madness of Isabella.

Directed by Dan Stone

2011

For the Love of Lies

Scenario by Dan Stone

Directed by Dan Stone

2017

A Christmas Commedia

The Duelist

The Lion

A re-make of Charles Dickens classic,

A Christmas Carol.

Scenario by Dan Stone

Directed by Dan Stone

2007

Scenario by Dan Stone

Directed by Dan Stone

2008

A Re-make of the classic Aesop story, Androclese and the Lion

Scenario by Dan Stone

Directed by Dan Stone

2015

I Got Guns!

Fools For Love

Recession on the High Seas

In this Commedia dell 'Arte production we are using the demons of the past to tell the stories of today.  An irreverent comedy, I Got Guns, is a satirical commentary on guns, politics and love. 

2016

Scenario by Dan Stone

Directed by Dan Stone

2007

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Due to the 2008 recession, Capt. Bueballs

has had his ship re-possessed. He must get his ship back. How?

Scenario by Dan Stone

Directed by Dan Stone

2009

The Lion

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