Omeletto: Like Hamlet, Only Scrambled
Ombelico Mask Ensemble
Sept 15—24 2016
Liberty Lands ParkMap
Told through the lens of commedia dell’rte, the story of Hamlet gets a deconstructed re-imagining that only Ombelico Mask Ensemble can deliver. Come and see your favorite commedia characters’ (Arlecchino, Pantelone, Capitano, and the rest) take on the Bard. Performed in English, Italian, and French.
Free / 60 minutes
Ombelico Mask Ensemble brings outrageously fun theater to unexpected spaces in Philadelphia and beyond, through the physically raucous style of Commedia dell’Arte. While we keep a faithful eye to the past, we reinvigorate Commedia and explore its relevance for a modern audience. Most of all we strive for laughter and joy for audience and actor alike. Ombelico Mask Ensemble was founded in 2007 and OMELETTO marks our eighth original production.
Previous Philadelphia Fringe shows: 50 WAYS TO KILL YOUR LOVER (2007), TWO FACE COMMEDIA (2008), THE POWER OF MAGIC (2009), RUN GRUNT SING (2011), FLIM FLAM PHANTOM SHAM (2014), LIKE A BAT OUT OF HADES (2015). Our one-man show DEAD MAN’S MAMBO has toured to Maryland Shakespeare Festival, the Capital Fringe and the Shenandoah Fringe, where it won the 2016 Audience Choice Award.
In 2014, our sister company Ombelico Mask Ensemble Italia was founded in Florence, Italy to facilitate further international collaborations. Starting in 2016, Ombelico Mask Academy at West Chester University is a study abroad program in Calabria, Italy, focused on Commedia dell’Arte and related performance traditions from Italy.
Cast of OMELETTO: Yarit Dor (Israel), Enric Ortuño (Spain), Claire Loiseau (France), Angelo Aiello (Italy), Rachel Icenogle (USA), Brendon Gawel (USA), John Bellomo (USA).
Director: John Bellomo.
Co-Artistic Directors: Brendon Gawel and John Bellomo.
Artistic Director OME Italia: Renato Arcuri
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