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Written by Luigi Pirandello

Directed by Richard Reade

This production was entered in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) XXXIIV.

Publication Date



Gorham, ME


Theatre, University of Southern Maine Department of Theatre, Theatre Program, Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival


Arts and Humanities | Theatre and Performance Studies | Theatre History



Stage Manager ... Karen Ball
Assistant Stage Manager ... Heather Crocker
Tech: Tim Sheridan ... Tim Sheridan
Electrician Dan Goldstein ... Dan Goldstein
Actor: Wesley Cianchette ... Wesley Cianchette
Actor: Jules Michaud ... Jules E. Michaud
Actor: Joelle Clingerman ... Joelle Clingerman
Actor: Ian Carlsen ... Ian Carlsen
Father ... David Branch
Mother ... Meikle Patch
Stepdaughter ... Autumn Rose
Son ... AJ Caron
Little Boy ... Elijah Jensen
Little Girl ... Christina Hamm
Madame Pace ... Crys Worden

Luigi Pirandello wrote Six Characters in Search of an Author in 1921 as part of a trilogy which examines the impossibility of knowing reality. There is no objective truth to know. What we think of as reality is totally subjective. Truth is perceived differently by each individual and one is unable to communicate that perceived truth to another person. Hence, we are sealed into our own limited world.

Pirandello developed Six Characters in Search of an Author with his own theatre company, the Art Theater of Rome. The actors were rehearsing a revival of Mixing It Up, a play that they had recently performed. He wrote the major speeches but allowed the actors to create dialogue which he then had recorded and which has become part of the script.

The production you are about to see follows in the same spirit. The director and actors of our company have collaborated to create a contemporary rendition of this classic. The actors use their own names. The rehearsal is the revival of The Imaginary Invalid, a production done here on this stage two years ago. Much of the early dialogue was created by the actor and it reflects impressions that the.student actors have of their surrounding environment..

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Six Characters in Search of an Author Program



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