| Open: 04/28/14 Close: 04/28/14
Creating spectacle wherever we go, Compagnia de’ Colombari launches its annual benefit event, the Spring Serata. Commemorating their work and showcasing the performers and events the company will present in 2014, including the sold-out US tour of Flannery O’Connor’s Everything That Rises Must Converge, created for the stage by Karin Coonrod (Apr 10-16) and Orfeo in Orvieto, Italy (July 4-6).
The evening includes performances by Michael Potts (Book of Mormon; The Wire), opera legends Sarah Heltzel and Stephen Salters, among others. The Spring Serata will also include a lively silent auction, including costume drawings by John Conklin (Tony & Drama Desk nominated costume & scenic designer), puppets by Vickie Fremont, ceramic bowl by Italian ceramicist Marino Moretti, a tour of “Whitman’s Brooklyn” guided by Greg Trupiano, among other items.
Through the annual celebration (Spring Serata), the company raises much-needed funds necessary to continue generating theater in surprising places and present these productions free to the public.
About the Company: Compagnia de Colombari
Compagnia de' Colombari (Company Colombari) is an international collective of performing artists, generating theater in surprising places. Colombari intentionally clashes cultures, traditions and art forms to bring fresh interpretation to the written word-old and new-and commits to using any means possible to flesh it out. Colombari brings performers and audiences together, thereby transforming strangers into community. Colombari is founded on the twin principles that the magic of great theater can happen anywhere and be made accessible to everyone.
Based in New York City, Compagnia de' Colombari was born in Orvieto, Italy, in 2004, where the company re-imagined the medieval mystery plays and performed them in the streets and piazzas of Orvieto. Having revitalized the tradition of theater during Orvieto's Corpus Christi Festival each spring, the company launched a parallel theatrical tradition in New York, STRANGERS AND OTHER ANGELS. Since 2008, the company has created and performed MORE OR LESS I AM (inspired by Whitman's "Song of Myself") all around New York City, EVERYTHING THAT RISES MUST CONVERGE (from Flannery O'Connor's short story) in Rome and on tour in the United States, THE WORLD IS ROUND IS ROUND IS ROUND (based on Gertrude Stein's story) performed in upstate New York at an old mill, and GIULIA (a play by Andras Visky) performed in a courtyard in Orvieto, Italy.