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In play, Turturro takes on Italian folk tales

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A recent New York times article highlighted Italian American actor John Turturro, who has been in Italy performing in a play that he adapted from a renowned collection of Italian fables.

 

Actor John Turturro at NIAF's 1994 Anniversary Gala.

Called "Fiabe italiane," or "Italian Folk Tales," the play features Turturro in a lead role of an unscrupulous innkeeper. The veteran of stage and screen also directed the play, which just completed a sold-out tour of Naples, Milan and Turin.

According to the March 2 New York Times article, the production's dialogue is delivered in English, Italian, Western Lombardian, Sicilian, Neopolitan, Piedmontese and Abruzzese. It draws on a collection of 200 fables published by Italo Calvino in 1956.

According to the article, Turturro is interested in bringing his "Italian Folk Tales" to the United States, so keep your eyes peeled!

Are you familiar with Calvino's folk tales?