Poster by Quinton Kappel, title font by Sean Devare

Alive in a beautiful and mysterious way...packed a powerful emotional punch.
— Travis Manni, New England Theatre Geek



Inspired by an old folktale of a half-boy half-fish from Messina who sacrifices himself to save the island, La Storia di Colapesce is a fantastical, physical journey through the kingdoms of land and sea.


Josephine Cooper (vocals)
Sean Devare (violin)
Quinton Kappel
Elena Kritter
Mariagrazia La Fauci
Kathleen Lewis
Dario Ladani Sanchez (guitar)
Max Sklar (mandolin)


70 minutes
8 performers
Can be performed in English or Italian
Costumes & props fit in one carry-on bag
Very light technical requirements, no amplified sound or artificial lighting required
Can be performed indoors or outdoors
Live original music (3 instruments)
Physical, playful, imaginative
Suitable for all audiences, including schools and families

Questo originale spettacolo è stato ispirato da una leggenda antica di un giovane messinese (meta-uomo meta-pesce) che si sacrifica per salvare l'isola. La Storia di Colapesce é un viaggio fantastico tra i regni di mare e terra.

Creato da

Josephine Cooper (cantante)
Sean Devare (violino)
Quinton Kappel
Elena Kritter
Mariagrazia La Fauci
Kathleen Lewis
Dario Ladani Sanchez (chitarra)
Max Sklar (mandolino)


70 minuti
8 attori
Eseguito in inglese o italiano
Costumi & arredi scenici entrano in una borsa a mano
Minime esigenze tecniche, senza bisogno di amplificazione o luci da palcoscenico
Può essere inscenato fuori o dentro
Musica originale dal vivo (3 strumenti)
Fisico, giocoso, immaginativo
Adatto a tutti i tipi di pubblico, incluse scuole e famiglie


Sicily tour locations

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Piazza San Nicolo di Bari

Villaggio Pezzolo, August 16


Il Monastero

San Placido Calonerò, August 20

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Chiesa di San Giovanni

Santo Stefano di Briga, August 18


Castello Rufo Ruffo

Scaletta Zanclea, August 21


USA tour locations


INTAR Theatre

New York City, August 24 & 25


Sons of Italy

Watertown MA, August 26


Langone Park

Boston's North End, August 27


St. John's Episcopal Church

Gloucester MA, August 27


Press & media links

Trinacria Theatre Company featured on RAI Italia's "Community," first aired Nov 14th, 2016. Interview by Stefano Salimbeni, filmed and edited by Luis Goncalves.


Audience responses

If you consider yourself a fan of theatre in any way, do whatever you can to see Trinacria Theatre Company’s La Storia di was, quite simply, breathtaking. The craftsmanship on display from this ensemble represents everything that theatre should be about. I sat with my mouth agape in joy through the performance, astonished at the artistry on display. Bravissimo!
An amazing, inspiring, and one of a kind performance.
An inspiring night of theater. Colapesce was enchanting.
An outstanding performance...truly beautiful, funny and fantastical.
Cannot get over how impressed I was with the show...spectacular. Loved that it transcended language...what an amazing story to bring to life.
A truly beautiful piece of devised theatre, ethically created by collaborating Sicilian locals, that will take your breath incredible production.
La Storia di Colapesce is clever, funny, thoughtful and touching all at the same time.

uSA Performance photo gallery

Click to enlarge. Photos taken by Lee Bader Photography at INTAR Theatre in NYC


sicily rehearsal & performance gallery

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