The Violence of My Affection
The Violence of My Affection is an original play by Gaetano Marangelli about an Italian actress whose love of language binds, then severs her marriage to an American scholar. When their son, a journalist, tells her of her husband's sudden death, she refuses to believe himuntil she reveals to him the cause of her husband's demise.
"Marangelli's principal character is not your typical victim of pain and suffering who doesn't know how to feel sympathy for the world that rejected her," wrote Chicago Stage Style of the premiere production of The Violence of My Affection at Chicago's A Red Orchid Theatre. "Her inner mental workings create a magical play that I would invite anyone to experience."
The Brigata will present staged readings of the play on Friday, January 11 at 7:00 PM and Saturday, January 12 at 4:30 PM. The company will present previews of scenes from The Violence of My Affection and new plays by Gaetano Marangelli and Marta Mondelli on Sunday, January 13 at 7:00 PM. Tickets will be $10 at the theater box office on the days of the performances.
The Violence of My Affection stars Marta Mondelli, Brendon DeMay, Jacques Roy, and Cristina Lippolis, and is being produced by Natalie Qing Zhang and Rachel Alulis.
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Brendon DeMay (George Bellini) earned a Jeff Citation nomination for Best Actor for his performance in Chicago of Mozart in Amadeus. DeMay appeared as George Bellini in the premier production of The Violence of My Affection at A Red Orchid Theatre in Chicago in June and July of 2011. He has also appeared in productions at Goodman Theatre, Touchstone Theatre, American Repertory Theatre [MXAT] (Boston), Hasty Pudding Theatricals (Harvard), GG&SS (Washington, DC), and several television and film roles. Brendon is based in New York, where he is an attorney.
Cristina Lippolis (Colombina and Isabella Marea) was born in Noci, a small town in the south of Italy. Cristina spent the early years of her life between Los Angeles and various locations all around the Italian peninsula. At the age of 14, she was admitted on a full scholarship to the National Academy of Dance, in Rome. Due to a serious knee injury that made it impossible for her to pursue a professional dancer's career, she started taking an interest in acting. After her first experiences on set (on the popular Italian television series Distretto di Polizia and the award-winning short movie The White Nights), she attended the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, from which she has just recently graduated. Previous roles include: Nora (A Doll's House), Victoria (The Motherfucker with the Hat), and Donna (Hurlyburly).
Jacques Roy (Stephen Bellini) New York: The Tragedy of Arthur (upcoming), Taming of the Shrew, King John, Two Noble Kinsmen, Measure for Measure and Julius Caesar, all with the Guerrilla Shakespeare Project where he is a Producing Director and founding member; From the Same Cloth (Fault Line Theatre), Weekend at an English Country Estate (ATEH Theater Group), A Great Place to be From (Babel Theatre Project), The Importance of Being Earnest (Counting Squares). Regional: Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, Trinity Repertory Company, Milwaukee Rep, Great River Shakespeare Festival, American Players Theater. He holds a BA in theatre from Macalester College and an MFA in theatre from Brown University/Trinity Rep.
Marta Mondelli (Sofonisba Bellini) graduated in Ancient History from the University of Bologna and in acting from the European Theatre School of Bologna "Galante Garrone". In Italy, she acted in theater and movies with Giovanna Mezzogiorno and Adriano Giannini (in the film Stai Con Me, directed by Livia Giampalmo), Sara D'Amario (in the film La Maschera d'Acqua directed by Leonardo Ferrantini), Mariangela Melato (in the film Vieni Via Con Me, directed by Carlo Ventura). In New York she studied acting with Susan Batson and works in theater and movies (among her credits are the short film Crossing, directed by Riccardo Costa, with Anthony Mackie and The Groomsmen, directed by Ed Burns with Brittany Murphy). She wrote and directed her first feature film, The Contenders, which won the Aloha Accolade Award for Excellence in Filmmaking at the Honolulu Film Festival 2010. Her second screenplay, A Small Accident, got an honorable mention at the Table Read My Screenplay at the Sundance Film Festival 2011 and is in development.
Rachel Alulis (Associate Producer) graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a degree in theatrical design. After a year-long fellowship at Hedgerow Theatre, she returned to her hometown of Chicago to work as a free lance designer. Her previous work includes assistant lighting design of "Old Times" (Strawdog Theatre Company) and of "Watership Down" (Lifeline Theatre). Her most memorable stage managing experiences include "Drumming in the Night" (Prop Theatre) and Redfeather Theatre Company's productions of "Macbeth" and "Much Ado About Nothing." Rachel is currently working on her MFA in Lighting Design at the University of Texas at Austin.
Gaetano Marangelli (Writer and Director) was a story analyst in the HBO Creative Affairs Department in New York, where screenwriter Bob Conte was his mentor. He was also a story and scriptwriter for producer Wolfgang Esenwein at Letterbox Filmproduktion at Studio Hamburg. Marangelli wrote "The Violence of My Affection" and directed the premiere of the play at A Red Orchid Theatre in Chicago in June and July of 2011.
Natalie Qing Zhang (Producer) just received her MFA in stage management at Columbia University this May. In college, she interned at Nederlander's Shanghai Office to work on AIDA's China Tour and Soul of Shaolin. In New York, she has stage managed numerous shows at Columbia Stages, FringeNYC, Leviathan Lab, Theater For The New City, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Flea Theater, etc.
The Brigata is Rachel Alulis, Katherine Banks, Evan Brost, Mary Coy, Brendon DeMay, Ed Flynn, Matthew Gall, Cristina Lippolis, Marta Mondelli, Gaetano Marangelli, Jacques Roy, Amanda Sager, Aemilia Scott, Jillian Staats, Rebekah Tsadik, and Natalie Qing Zhang. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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