Lionel Bottari and Jean Parisi belong to a family of traditional Italian entertainers, counting among their skills puppetry and playing the Italian “zampogna” bagpipe. Performances are like a show in an Italian piazza, grabbing the attention of the audience with music before the puppet show begins. The show is based on the adventures of Pulcinella and uses puppet versions of the clowns of the Commedia dell’Arte, such as Pantalone, the old Venetian miser, Dottor Balanzone, the Bolognese know-it-all, and Pulcinella, the  star of the show and the traditional clown of Naples. The action, however, reflects the puppet show’s ancestry of the later English Punch and Judy more than its origins in the Commedia.

Friday February 1, 7:00 pm. in the Florentine Room. This event is suitable for all ages but space is limited. Fee is $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children. Please register for this event. We are also accepting sponsorships for this event.

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