It’s Show Time in Siracusa

Next week, the 52nd season of L’Istituto Nazionale del Dramma Antico (INDA) will raise the curtain (so to speak) in Siracusa. INDA has existed since 1914, and it presents ancient masterpieces of theater at Siracusa’s Teatro Antico — in the midst of the ancient Greek and Roman city’s archaeological park. This year’s series includes Sophocles’…

Our May 2016 Tour, Day 7: It’s Electrifying

Annually each May and June, L’Istituto Nazionale del Dramma Antico (INDA) presents ancient works of theater at Siracusa’s 5th-Century-BC Teatro Greco (pictured, photographed during last year’s performance of The Suppliants by Aeschylus). During the 2016 season, INDA will produce Electra of Sophocles, Phaedra by Seneca, and Alcestis of Euripides. On the evening of Day 7…

Palermo’s Theater of the People

The revivalist architectural style of Teatro Politeama in Palermo is a late nineteenth century homage to Roman-era amphitheaters like the Colosseum. Built in the early 1870s, it recalls details of buildings uncovered in Pompeii, specifically the columned promenade and decorative frescoes throughout the theater (Excavations of Pompeii, although started slowly in 1748, were strongly underway…

Ancient Greek Theater in the Ancient Greek Theater

The 51st theater season presented by the Fondazione INDA ONLUS is currently underway. Experience Sicily’s Evelina Buttitta Rubino was in Siracusa earlier this week where at the city’s renowned ancient Greek amphitheater, she saw “Le Supplici,” or “The Suppliant Maidens” by Aeschylus. This image is of some of the scenery utilized in the performance that…

Pupi Love

In Palermo’s historic center, generations of Sicilians and visitors to Sicily have been captivated by L’Opera dei Pupi di Palermo, a company started by marionette master Giacomo Cuticchio more than 80 years ago. Today his sons continue the tradition of marionette-puppetry (“pupi”) by presenting captivating productions featuring kings, angels, devils, Arabs, lords, ladies, and fantastic…