Theater for the New City
Giovanni The Fearless
May 21, 2017
Event Status
A New, Family-Friendly Commedia Dell’Arte Musical Comedy About Actors, Young Lovers…and a Couple of Ghosts!
Book and Lyrics by Carolyn Balducci


Music by Mira J. Spektor

Directed by Lissa Moira

Music Direction by Cristina Dinella

Projections by Gabriel Nussbaum/Bank Street Films



Giovanni The Fearless is a family-friendly commedia dell’arte folk opera about the power of love, a troupe of traveling actors, an old castle, two young lovers, and a couple of ghosts. When Giovanni encounters the Bombasto Family commedia troupe, he becomes enchanted with the star of the show, the beautiful Colombina. Tricked by Colombina’s father and siblings into believing that a treasure lies hidden in a nearby haunted castle, he deals first with a fake Ghost (a giant puppet constructed by the Bombastos), and then an actual Ghost. In the end, he discovers that the real treasure is his love for Colombina. Spectacular projections by Bank Street Films, clowning, tumbling, puppetry, special effects and on-stage musicians enhance this romantic musical comedy.

This is first full professional production of Giovanni The Fearless after abridged concert versions were performed at the Dramatists' Guild (2010); Havoc Theatre/Abingdon Theatre Complex (2011); and Nimoy/Thalia at Symphony Space (2012).




Musical Director: Cristina Dinella; Projections: Gabriel Nussbaum/Bank Street Films; Choreographer: J. Alan Hanna; Set Designers: Marc Marcante & Lytza Colon; Costume Designer: Lytza Colon; Lighting Designer: William Geraldo.



Carolyn Balducci (book and lyrics) - Carolyn’s publications and productions include novels, poetry, creative non-fiction, plays, articles and reviews. From 1977 to 2002 she was a member of the Creative Writing Faculty of the Residential College of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She taught screenwriting at NYU’s Grad Film Program and writing at SUNY Stony Brook. Her books include a biography of Nobel-prize winner, Grazia Deledda (Houghton Mifflin) as well as a biography of American Transcendentalist, Margaret Fuller (Bantam). Her novels, IS THERE A LIFE AFTER GRADUATION, HENRY BIRNBAUM? (Houghton Mifflin) and EARWAX (Houghton Mifflin) have been translated into several languages, cited for distinctions and optioned for film. Her works for theatre include translations of contemporary as well as classical comedies Lysistrata; La Calandra; and La Veniexiana and original works such as Alcuin, a Fierce and Eloquent Plea for the Rights of Women based on the 1798 novel by Charles Brockden Brown; The Hamptons Quartet adapted from Chekhov's stories; and most recently, Maestro Pirandello as Recalled by Marta Abba. Screenplays include “Best Interest, Otto of the Silver Hand” and adaptations of her own novels. Carolyn is a member of The Dramatists' Guild, BMI and the League of Professional Theatre Women. She’s listed in Who's Who, Contemporary Authors, Something About the Author, Poets & Writers Directory, etc. Distinctions include a commendation from S.I.A.E. (Italian Society of Authors and Publishers); ALA Notable Book, etc.


Mira J. Spektor (composer) – Also a lyricist and poet, Mira’s chamber operas and musicals include: The Housewives' Cantata (lyrics by June Siegel), Lady of the Castle (Spektor’s music & lyrics based on Lea Goldberg's Israeli play), The Passion of Lizzie Borden (poems by Ruth Whitman), Villa Diodati (about Mary Shelley, lyrics by Colette Inez, Byron, Shelley) and Giovanni the Fearless (A Commedia del’Arte folk opera with a libretto by Carolyn Balducci); English, French and German recital & cabaret songs and music for theater, film and TV; two books of poems, “From Seaside Houses” and "The Road to November”. She has recorded for Concert Hall, Westminster, Guilde International du Disque, Original Cast Records, Capstone and AirPlay. Villa Diodiatii was produced by Bank Street Films and is available on Albany Records. Her music scores (Georgina Press - BMI) include the feature film Double ... (continued)
Categories: Comedy,New Works,Play,Play with Music
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Running time: 1:30    
Intermission(s): No
Price: $10.00 - $18.00
Seating: General Admission    
Capacity: 99