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New Play PIZZA AND WHINE Will Have Its Have West Coast Premiere At The Hudson Guild


New Play PIZZA AND WHINE Will Have Its Have West Coast Premiere At The Hudson Guild

Cappricielli Productions, a Production Company creating socially conscious content, presents the West Coast Premiere of the story of four cousins reuniting on the eve of their grandmother's wake, Pizza and Whine, written by Raffaela Capp, Veronica Kelly, Maria Capp. The play, directed by Maria Capp, premieres June 1st and will continue through June 23rd, 2018, as an official Fringe Fest selection, at the Hudson Guild Theater, located at 6539 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles.

There will be five performances of Pizza and Whine, including one preview performance on June 1st at 8p.m. All tickets range from $18-20. For tickets and info: or

The play was workshopped in the New York Theatre Festival's Winterfest, February 12 through the 18th 2018, and played at the Hudson Guild Theater in Chelsea, NY, where it received good notices, with the same cast and producing team. The producers have launched a Kickstarter campaign to help move the production forward, and have reached 50% of their goals.

In Pizza and Whine, after the heart-wrenching loss of their matriarch grandmother, cousins Millie, Stephanie, Jennifer, and Natalie find themselves at Emily's West 55th Manhattan apartment. After not seeing each other in a year, the girls have come together to rehearse to sing at the funeral. Over pizza and wine, they share secrets and discuss the challenges they face - everything from careers, money, relationships, autonomy, to self-image.

"My daughter Raffaela, niece Veronica and I began the journey of creating Pizza and Whine after the loss of my mother and their grandmother, Millie. Over Italian spaghetti and meatballs (a lot of Cappricielli power meetings happen over food), the original play was born. The execution of this endeavor is NOT without the support of my dad, Tom D'Agostino, the heart and soul of my mom, the musical score by my cousin Jennifer, and the generosity and love of my sisters, JoAnna and Carmela and our family and friends."

The creative team includes stage manager / costumer Mel Newman, stage manager / sponsorship coordinator JoAnna Kelly, sound design and music by Jennifer Aurelia, publicist David Roberson, executive producer Thomas J. D'Agostino, and production coordinator Marisol Diaz.

Maria Capp (Co-Writer, Director) has been actively involved in entertainment and the arts for over 20 years. Her multi-disciplinary expertise includes work as an award-winning writer, director, producer, entrepreneur, and acting coach. She has served as an advocate, speaker, committee and board member for such organizations as Breaking into Hollywood, Youth Biz Alliance, NYSTEA, EdTA, BOCES - Arts in Education, and Kids for Kids Productions. Maria has just completed post-production on her feature film, REACH (Best Feature Screenplay - Hollywood & Vine FF) and in post-production on the documentary film, FIND AN IDENTITY, which she wrote and directed. Both films will be released in 2018.

Raffaela Capp (Co-writer, "Jennifer") is an award-winning writer and performance artist for film, music and music videos. Her short film Taking a Chance on Love and music videos, Hurricane (featuring Chris Redd from SNL) and So What have been favorites at Dances with Films, Rahway International, Hollywood and Vine, and the International Family Film Festival. Raffaela has formal training with the Berkshire Theatre Group and CAP 21 acting conservatory. She graduated from the Long Island Performing Arts and Technical High School and attended Sarah Lawrence College. Raffaela can be seen in the upcoming film, Reach, with her songs, I Love Me, and Enemy featured. Check out her website http://

Veronica Kelly (Co-writer/"Stephanie") is a graduate of NYU Tisch and finished her first national tour this past December in Miss Nelson is Missing (Allison) Theatreworks USA, She was nominated for her role in The Dragon Slayer (Lenore) in the New York Theatre Festival's Winterfest for "Best Vocalist". She has been seen in over two dozen regional productions; Little Women (Jo) and Les Miserables (Eponine). Learn more about Veronica at her website

In 2012, Cappricielli Inc. was formed as a multi-faceted Production Company that creates a wide array of entertaining and socially conscious film, video, web, theater, and music content. Some award-winners include the music videos, SO WHAT (International Family Film, Dances With Films, Rahway Film, Hollywood & Vine Film Festival) and HURRICANE, performed by artist Raffaela, (featuring Chris Redd from SNL) which won Best Music Video Award and Grand Jury Award for an Artist Performance in the 2016 Hollywood & Vine Film Festival. As a producer, Cappricielli Inc. is excited to share the much-anticipated release of the feature film, REACH, starring Garrett Clayton (Hairspray: Live); Joey Bragg (Liv & Maddie); Jordan Doww; and Corbin Bernsen, which is about how the power of one small gesture can change one's life forever.

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