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Pinocchio by Massimiliano Finazzer Flory will Debut in the United States for the Year of Italian Culture

WASHINGTON January 16, 2013 – A tribute to the Year of Italian Culture in the United States: the famous Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, staged by Italian author, actor, and theater director Massimiliano Finazzer Flory. The performance, entitled “Pinocchio – A Puppet Story” will debut on January 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles, and will tour the United States until the month of October, reaching as many as 15 states: January 22 in Santa Barbara, at the Old Little Theatre – College of Creative Studies – University of California; January 24 in San Francisco at the Fort Mason Center – Southside Theatre; March 6  in New York, at the Casa Zerilli Marimò – New York University; March 19 in Washington, at the Kennedy Center – Terrace Theatre, as well as performances in Hartford, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Miami, Providence, Pittsburgh, and Denver. On June 2, Italy’s National Day, a special performance will be held in Charleston, South Carolina, as part of the Spoleto Festival USA.

The presentation, organized in collaboration with the Fondazione Nazionale Carlo Collodi, is choreographed by Michela Lucenti and consists of a theatrical performance by Massimiliano Finazzer Flory, accompanied by dancers Michela Lucenti and Emanuela Serra and music by Nino Rota and Fiorenzo Carpi performed on the piano by Gianluca Pezzino. The performance, intended for an adult audience, will be in Italian with English subtitles. “We are performing a fairy tale for adults that revolves around the tragic figure of Geppetto – stated Finazzer Flory – a story of humanity inscribed on a piece of wood, which marks the relationship between freedom and obedience, between father and son. The story of Pinocchio is philosophical: it teaches us that if we do not want to be puppets for life, we must learn to grow by  love for the truth.”
The Year of Italian Culture in the United States, inaugurated on December 12, 2012, in Washington, is an initiative launched by Italy’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and held under the auspices of the President of the Italian Republic. Over 180 cultural events on the Bel Paese will be held in more than 40 U.S. cities throughout 2013.