Invites you to
Between the Lines
Great Literature up Close
ABOUT THE EVENT
Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello was rediscovered, explored & demystified by Sonal Devjani. This session was part of an on-going series in which works of literary importance are put under a magnifying glass.
A character, sir, may always ask a man who he is. Because a character has really a life of his own, marked with his especial characteristics; for which reason he is always “somebody.” But a man—I’m not speaking of you now—may very well be “nobody.” – Six Characters in Search of an Author.
Six Characters in Search of an Author is an Italian play by Luigi Pirandello, written and first performed in 1921. An absurdist metatheatrical play about the relationship among authors, their characters, and theatre practitioners, it premiered at the Teatro Valle in Rome to a mixed reception, with shouts from the audience of “Manicomio!” (“Madhouse!”) and “Incommensurabile!” (“Incommensurable!”), a reaction to the play’s illogical progression. Reception improved at subsequent performances, especially after Pirandello provided for the play’s third edition, published in 1925, a foreword clarifying its structure and ideas.
DATE: Wednesday, 12th Sept
TIME: 5.30 PM