An Introduction to Commedia dell’Arte:
Zanni and Vecchi, OH MY!

This workshop is designed for people who want to get an introductory glimpse into the world of the style of theatre that gave us the professional actor and introduced the woman to the stage; the Commedia dell’Arte. Participants will get to know the five most well known characters (the Zanni, The Inammorati, Il Capitano, Pantalone and Il Dottore) that we see in Commedia dell’Arte. We will work with their masks, learn how they move and how they think, and we will see how these characters can live by doing small improvisations.
Please come to the workshop with clothing that will allow for free movement. Some experience in improvisation is encouraged by not necessary. Come ready to play and to learn!

at the Just Off Broadway Theater
3051 Central, Kansas City MO 64108
6;00 – 8:00 PM
call 816-305-8188 with any questtions

Patrick Rippeto is a graduate of the University of Missouri – Kansas City’s undergraduate theatre program. And, has been seen around the Kansas City area in various productions. He has also traveled and lived in Italy and studied with the commedia master, Antonio Fava at his school the International School for the Comic Actor. There he learned the ways of Commedia dell’Arte and its various styles, and spent some time working on the Variety/Vaudeville comic style. He is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Commedia Kansas City company. He wrote, directed and performed in The Treasure of the Golden Monkey King which premiered at the KC Fringe Festival in 2016. He has collaborated with Beth Byrd-Lonski for half a dozen Commedia Kansas City projects including performances for the Kansas City Baroque Consortium, Byrd Productions and the Uptown Arts Bar. Commedia Kansas City also facilitated bringing Antonio Fava to Kansas City to teach a Commedia workshop for the UMKC Theater Department in 2017.

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