La Jolla Playhouse's The Love of Three Oranges
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In Carlo Gozzi's magical commedia dell'arte fairy tale, The Love of Three Oranges, Prince Tartaglia suffers from terminal hypochondria and only one thing can save him: a good laugh. But there is a conspiracy afoot -- his cousin and her plotting lover are in cahoots with the evil witch Fata Morgana to make sure Tartaglia never laughs, thus ensuring them the throne. When Fata Morgana gets a laugh out of Tartaglia by accident, the angry witch throws him a curve-ball. She curses Tartaglia to fall in love with three oranges and chase them to distant corners of the earth. Tartaglia embarks on a journey fraught with mystery and danger in this innovative update of Gozzi's comic classic by Romanian director Nona Ciobanu. The Love of Three Oranges runs in the Mandell Weiss Forum from September 14 to October 17 with an opening night on Sunday, September 19.
McAnuff says, "Nona is one of Eastern Europe's most exciting emerging directors. I met her in November 2002 as part of the Central and Eastern European Theatre Initiative in Bucharest. The Initiative, led by Director Philip Arnoult, brings together American directors with a new generation of international theatre artists to discover exciting new talent. And we found it in Nona! I was extremely impressed by her work and soon after, I invited her to the Playhouse to discuss collaboration opportunities. I'm pleased that Nona will make her American directorial debut here at the Playhouse."
Nona Ciobanu, who debuted at Edinburgh Theatre Festival with Youth Without Old Age and Life Without Death, has received numerous awards for productions she directed in Romania, Germany and Malta. For state theatres in Bucharest and Piatra Neamt, Ciobanu has directed productions such as J.M. Synge's The Playboy of the Western World, Shakespeare's As You Like It, Nikos Kazantzakis' Melissa and Vlad Zografi's A Pulp Story. She is the co-founder of TOACA Cultural Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that offers young artists cross-disciplinary training and support for independent projects, promotes communication and cultural dialogue between Romanian freelance artists and creates a space where art, politics and social issues interact.
One of Italian playwright Carlo Gozzi's first plays was The Love of Three Oranges, written in 1761. Gozzi is best known for plays that have been adapted into opera librettos such as Puccini's Turandot, Richard Wagner's Die Feen and Prokofiev's The Love of Three Oranges. The Playhouse produced Gozzi's The Green Bird, directed by Julie Taymor, during its 1996 season.