Ars Nova Presents

The Light in the Piazza

Directed by Jere Hunt

Performances August 27-29, 2021 at the VBC Playhouse

Masks optional, but encouraged for attendees at the performances.

Synopsis:  The Light in the Piazza takes place in Italy in the summer of 1953. Margaret Johnson, the wife of an American businessman, is touring the Tuscan countryside with her daughter, Clara. While sightseeing, Clara–a beautiful, surprisingly childish young woman–loses her hat in a sudden gust. As if guided by an unseen hand, the hat lands at the feet of Fabrizio Naccarelli, a handsome Florentine, who returns it to Clara. This brief episode, charged with coincidence and fate, sparks an immediate and intense romance between Clara and Fabrizio. Margaret, extremely protective of her daughter, attempts to keep Clara and Fabrizio apart. As The Light in the Piazza unfolds, a secret is revealed: in addition to the cultural differences between the young lovers, Clara is not quite all that she appears. Unable to suppress the truth about her daughter, Margaret is forced to reconsider not only Clara’s future, but her own hopes and dreams as well.

Red Cast performances:  Friday, Aug 27 evening and Saturday, Aug 28 matinee

Blue Cast performances: Saturday, Aug 28 evening and Sunday, Aug 29 matinee.