Laura Forti's Pesach

Fine Arts Building Cellar Theatre (Room 55)
The UGA Department of Theatre and Film Studies presents the American premiere of Italian playwright Laura Forti’s Pesach. Ms. Forti’s play is an intense examination of the dynamics of an Italian family torn by Holocaust memories and its struggles to identify as Jewish. Performances are scheduled for January 4-7, 2018 in the Cellar Theatre on the UGA campus at 7:30 PM, with two performances on January 7 at 2:00 and 7:30 PM.

The cast includes members of the Graduate Acting Ensemble as well as Associate Professor Kristin Kundert as the Mother. The adult children in the play are performed by MFA actors Katie Butcher, Charlie Cromer and Anna Pieri. The production is directed by Ray Paolino, head of the MFA acting program.

Playwright Laura Forti recently completed a one-week residence in the Department of Theatre and Film Studies thanks to the support of the Willson Center for Arts and Humanities. During her visit, Ms. Forti delivered several public talks, attended rehearsals of the production, and visited classes in the department.

Laura Forti’s work has been widely produced in Europe, but this production of Pesach is the first of her plays to be performed in the United States. She has collaborated with important German and Swiss theaters such as the Theater Lubeck, the Junges Theater in Gottingen, the Théâtre National de Luxembourg, and the Schauspielhaus in Zurich. Productions of her plays have been sponsored by the Théâtre National de Strasbourg, the Théâtre de la Ville Paris, Comedie Française, Compagnie Les Trois Temps, Mandarine Blanche and the Massalia Theater, and have been presented at the Avignon Festival in 2010 and 2011. In France, her plays have been published by the prestigious Actes Sud.
Director Ray Paolino says, “Ms. Forti’s work pushes against the current trends of post-modernism in Europe and returns to the guts and angst of realism, delivering psychologically layered characters and digging down to the inner truth of each human. This material provides wonderful opportunities for actors and audiences to experience catharsis and climax as well as the baring of human souls in real time. It should be a thrilling evening.”

Tickets for the UGA performances will be available at the theatre immediately prior to each performance. Cash or credit card is acceptable. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $7 for stuents. The Cellar Theatre is located in the UGA Fine Arts Building at the corner of Lumpkin St. and Baldwin St. on the UGA Athens campus.

For those in the Atlanta area, the production will travel to the internationally known 7 Stages Theatre (in Atlanta’s Little Five Points) for performances January 12-14 and 18-20. Information on these performances is available on the 7 Stages website at
For further information, please contact Ray Paolino,
  • Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 7:30 pm
  • Friday, January 5, 2018 at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 2:00 pm
  • Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 7:30 pm