Six Passionate Women



A great film maker has been stealing ideas all his life.
Six passionate women decide that to be a muse is to be exploited.
They enact a bizarre revenge.
This comedy was the prototype for the musical “Nine.”
Dennis Parlato stars as the film maker – a character inspired by Fellini.
October 9 to 26, 2014
Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave.
Presented by Theater for the New City
Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 PM, Sundays at 3:00 PM
$12 general admission, $10 seniors and students. Box office (212) 254-1109,


NEW YORK — Nino, an Italian film maker with a strong resemblance to Federico Fellini, is in an artistic crisis. Every new work is, for him, an artistic crisis. So he goes to bed with a multitude of women, seeking ideas and stimulation, feeding on them both humanly and artistically. Nino is sexually impotent until he gets a good idea, and then he’s hellfire. But his sexual partners, all artists in their own right, are not satisfied. Rallied by a wealthy feminist American widow, they decide that to be a muse is to be exploited. So they exact revenge by making a movie of Nino’s life and fantasies, Candid Camera-Style. Thus unfolds “Six Passionate Women” by Mario Fratti, a play inspired by the playwright’s personal acquaintance with Fellini, whom he covered closely as a journalist in the late 1950s. It combines a serious disquisition on the creative mind with recurring themes of Fratti’s plays: betrayal, jealousy and sexual politics. Theater for the New City will present the piece October 9 to 26, directed by Stephan Morrow. Dennis Parlato, as the film maker, heads a cast of eight that is peppered with Broadway vets.
It became an adaptation of the film “8½”–that evolved into the Broadway musical, “Nine,” a winner of sevenTony awards and eight Drama Desk awards. An interview is reproduced at in which Mario Fratti recalls the birth of “Nine” and how adding the film “Casanova” to “8½” convinced the producer to produce that Tony-sweeping musical.

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