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Six Characters in Search of an Author By Luigi Pirandello GENRE Italian Drama - theatre of the grotesque SETTING Daytime the present the stage of a theatre THEMES How does one define realitytruth At least admit that the actress who will play her will be less true than what you see before your very eyes Father II DRAMATIS PERSONAE THE CHARACTERSTHE COMPANY FatherDirector MotherLeading Man StepdaughterLeading Lady SonSecond Female Lead Boy mute roleIngenue Little Girl mute roleJuvenile Madam PaceOld Character Lady Other Actors and Actresses Stage Door Man First Stage Manager Second Stage Manager Stagehands Roles for 9 men and 8 women plus other minor characters SYNOPSIS A theatre company is preparing to rehearse one of Pirandellos plays which no one understood when it was written and which makes even less sense today Director I Before they are able to begin however the Characters enter and explain who they are and that the author that created them had not been able to finish their play and that they were in search of someone who would help them by finishing the job The director agrees and the characters tell their story demonstrating scenes that were to be played Not long after the first scene is played it appears that there is some disagreement between the Characters and the Company regarding the direction that the scenes should take The Characters argue that they way that the Company play their roles is not real enough not true enough Contrariwise the Director argues that some license must be allowed for the physical and temporal restrictions that stage production puts on their reality The Characters insist on continuing their demonstration culminating in the suicide of the Boy The Company is horrified some believing the child to be truly dead others insisting that it was a trick The Father replies to their questions with What do you mean a trick It is reality reality ladies and gentlemen Reality Father
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