Richard Kalinoski , an internationally renowned theatrical playwright and faculty member at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, will be a special guest Jan. 16 at Fondazione Teatro Due theatre in Parma, Italy, for a discussion dedicated to his most notable work Beast on the Moon. The play will be staged there Jan. 16-24.
Translated into Italian by Beppe Chierici, Beast on the Moon is being produced jointly for the first time by two major theatres in Italy: Teatro Due and Centro Teatrale Bresciano.
Kalinoski is the winner of five Molière awards in France and numerous other prestigious awards.
Beast on the Moon has been translated into 20 languages and internationally acclaimed as one of the most important texts on the Armenian genocide. Set in the 1920s in America, the play tells the story of an Armenian immigrant in America and his teenage wife, who he literally sent in by post.
Seta and Aram Tomasian are the two opposite poles of a terrible common history, that of the extermination of the Armenian people. The play focuses on the relational difficulties between the two, on their difficulty in having children, and on the unusual relationship with a foundling that opens the possibilities of a new relationship between the two spouses and a new life.