Pirandello's Wife

a two act dark comedy

Married for 25 years to Italy’s famous playwright, Antonietta spent the last 40 years of her life in an asylum.

Using the inmates as actors, Antonietta, attempts to tell her story, that of a marginalized woman, to an unhearing world.

Her effort is, however, prevented by the Director of the Institution who insists on the accepted version of life in the Pirandello household.

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Winner: San Jose State University Playwriting Award and performed.
New York Playwriting Award - Performed at the Alley Theatre, Buffalo,
Workshopped at California State University, Chico

Quarter-finalist, Screencraft, Stage Play Writing, 2020

DIRETTORE RIPIENO:  Portulano?  Who knows Antonietta Portulano?  We use her married name:  Antonietta Pirandello, our most famous patient.  We'll provide the Governor and other distinguished guests notes about her husband's plays and the honors he received.   What is the name of the play?  Pirandello's Wife?
SISTER PHILOMENA:  No, Signore.  She wants it called, “A Woman Called Antonietta.”
DIRETTORE RIPIENO: There are thousands of Antoniettas, Sister!  Only one was married to Luigi Pirandello, Italy's greatest twentieth-century playwright.  We use his name in the title.


Lynn Elliott

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