Carmelo Bene

A Rascal-Genius
of the Theatre


Thursday, Apr 10 & Friday, Apr 11, 6:30 pm
Tuesday, May 6, 6:30

Istituto Italiano di Cultura
425 Washington St. Suite 200 - San Francisco

A year from the death of Carmelo Bene, the most provocative, brilliant and contradictory theatre man of post-war Italy, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, in collaboration with the Italian International Student Association, pays him homage with the presentation of two of his most effective productions.

On the first appointment, we are screening Manfred, staged in 1983 at the Teatro Comunale, in Bologna. Bene’s mesmerizing voice is intertwined with the music that Robert Schumann composed for Lord Byron’s 1817 poetic endeavor. Maestro Piero Bellugi, who arranged and conducted the piece, will give an introduction, in English, to both Manfred and Carmelo Bene’s art. Dialogues spoken in Italian. Copies of the text in Italian and English will be available.

In the second and third evenings we will present screenings of Bene's adaptations of Pinocchio (April 11) and Othello (May 6). In Italian WITHOUT subtitles. Maestro Bellugi will introduce the program on April 11.

Entrance is FREE. RSVP and information: (415) 788-7142 ext. 18.