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Six Characters in Search of an Author

Nov 2013


A production of Luigi Pirandello's most celebrated works in the Theatre of the Absurd genre.

Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello recounts the fate of a family of characters left unrealized by their author. Desperate to come to life, the characters interrupt the rehearsal of another Pirandello play and demand that the director and cast stage their story. Taking the theater itself as its setting and subject, this absurdist meta-theatrical play draws upon the relations between all the major players of the dramatic spectacle—directors, actors, characters, spectators, and critics—to "present every possible conflict." As such a deeply self- referential or meta-theatrical work, Six Characters is also a key exercise in what Pirandello termed "il teatro dello specchio" or "the mirror theater," a play that turns a mirror onto the theater itself.


Playing the character of "Leading Man", this play was my first glimpse into the Theatre of the Absurd. Given the large ensemble of characters and the way the story unfolded, I found myself becoming comfortable being a passive observer on stage.

Cast & Crew

Presented by Fourth Wall Productions, SSCBS

Production Overview

Premiere: 1 December 2013
No. Of Performances: 3
Running Length: 100 mins
Language: English

Staged at Thespo 2013 Screening, St. Stephen's College.

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