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A new play about Vancouver's Italian Canadians in World War II

March 21-24, 2012
At the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Burnaby
March 28-31, 2012
At the Historic Cultch Theatre in Vancouver

BellaLuna Productions with Vancouver's Italian Cultural Centre present the World Premiere of FRESCO, a new play by award-winning playwright Lucia Frangione, developed with the BellaLuna Ensemble.

When Rosina, a present-day Vancouverite, inherits the family home in the city's Strathcona neighbourhood, she looks through the keyhole of her past to find its ghosts, history and family secrets.

She uncovers generations of secrecy surrounding her Italian grandfather's internment during World War II, when Fascist Italy joined forces with Nazi Germany. The move put Italy at war with Canada and threw Italian communities across Canada under deep scrutiny and suspicion.

FRESCO celebrates the resilience, spirit and achievement of BC's Italian Canadian community during a little-known but life-changing period in its history.

FRESCO is presented in Burnaby by the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and is part of the ICC's Project "A Question of Loyalty" funded by the Government of Canada.

To celebrate World Theatre Day, BellaLuna is offering discounted ticket prices to select performances.

More Interviews:
-Saying 'Grazie'
-A Question of Loyalty

BellaLuna Artistic Director Susan Bertoia and Playwright Lucia Frangione talk about FRESCO.

-> Ticket and Venue Info
-> Company Bios
-> Photos & Videos
-> FRESCO in the News
-> Media Materials

Directed by:
James Fagan Tait
Performed by:
Susan Bertoia, Stefano Giulianetti,
Michael Rinaldi
and Marco Soriano

Costume Design: Carmen Alatorre
Lighting Design: Itai Erdal
Set and Props Design: Catherine Hahn
Multimedia Design: Flick Harrison
Sound Design: Paul Tedeschini

Stage Manager: Ben Cheung
Apprentice SM: Lucy Pratt-Johnson
Production Manager: David Warburton
Production Assistant: Phoebe Vlassis
Dramaturg: DD Kugler


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