Trinacria Theatre Company presents its inaugural theatrical production, La Storia di Colapesce. The production is an original piece created and devised by the company during a 4-week residency in Sicily, at San Placido Calonerò in the Messina region of Sicily. The cast of La Storia di Colapesce is comprised of an ensemble of eight American theatre artists. The Trinacria Theatre Company’s mission is to use theatre as a tool to promote Sicilian history, heritage, and culture at home and abroad.
The story centers around the Messinese folk legend of Colapesce, which tells the story of a fisherman’s son named Nicola who spends so much of his time diving beneath the waves that he is said to be half-man, half-fish. A wide variety of tales are told of Colapesce’s incredible ability, and the news eventually reaches King Frederick the II of Sicily, who tests Colapesce’s powers of diving. The King repeatedly sends Cola to the ocean’s bottom, where he finds something terrible lurking in the deep, threatening to destroy the city of Messina. Trinacria Theatre Company reinvents this classic fable using a wide variety of theatrical story-telling techniques.
The bilingual performance was developed during a four-week residency in Sicily, during which time company members lived, worked, studied, and rehearsed at the Istituto San Placido Calonerò, in partnership with the Enoteca Provinciale Messina, two organizations dedicated to the promotion and preservation of local Sicilian heritage.
La Storia di Colapesce comes to New York City at INTAR, the US's longest-running Latino theater producing in English. INTAR stands for International Arts Relations, Inc., and is an organization committed to the development of “theater arts without borders.”
500 W. 52nd Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10019
Date & Time
Wednesday, August 24th, 7:30pm
Suggested Ticket Contribution*
$18 general admission
$15 students & seniors
$10 Sons of Italy members
*All ticket prices are suggested, and admission is permitted on a pay-what-you-can basis. We thank you for your generosity!