Photo Coverage: Meet the Company of Brandon Cole's IMPERFECT LOVE
Due to popular demand, The Left Wing, in association with John Turturro, extends the world premiere production of Brandon Cole's Imperfect Love to February 25. Directed by Michael Di Jiacomo, Imperfect Love is inspired by the tumultuous life of the great Italian actress Eleonora Duse (1858-1924) and her nine-year love affair with the poet and playwright Gabriele D'Annunzio (1863-1938). The production, which is set to open on February 4, runs at The Connelly Theater and features set and costume design by the Academy Award-winning Italian designer Gianni Quaranta (Merchant-Ivory's A Room with a View). Turturro's 1998 film, Illuminata, which was co-written by Cole and Turturro, was based on Cole's Imperfect Love.
A story of love and betrayal set just over 100 years ago,Imperfect Love centers on the volatile relationship between leading actress Eleonora Della Rosa and her playwright lover Gabriele Torrisi. They, along with a classically trained actor and two Comedia dell'Arte clowns, are artists at the crossroads of a theatrical epoch. As they work diligently to salvage their current production, the troupe grapples with changing times and evolving tastes as the psychological realism of Ibsen and Strindberg grow in popularity. In the end, matters of theater and matters of the heart come together to a climax both affirming and bitter-sweet. The play's the thing. At least, until the curtain falls.
In addition to set and costume designer Gianni Quaranta, the creative team includes Jon DeGaetano (lights).
Imperfect Love was first presented in 2000 with a cast that included Peter Dinklage. Since that time, the play has been reconceived and significantly re-written for this world premiere production at The Connelly Theater.
Performances of Imperfect Love will continue through February 25 (see schedule above) at The Connelly Theater, located at 220 E 4th Street in Manhattan.
Photo Credit: Linda Lenzi
Brandon Cole and Gianni Quaranta
Gianni Quaranta, Michael Di Jiacomo and Brandon Cole
Gianni Quaranta and Dorota Czerner
Jon Gaetano, Gianni Quaranta and Brandon Cole
Rodrigo Lopresti and Cristina Spina
Cristina Spina and Gianni Quaranta
Rodrigo Lopresti and Brandon Cole
Cristina Spina and Brandon Cole