Mario Fratti: Still Going Strong at 85

This week saw the NYC premiere of two short plays by Mario Fratti at Theater for the New City: Three Sisters and a Priest and Suicide Club are being presented there on a double bill. (Read’s review by Ed Malin.)

So why is this production a bit more special than most?

Because it marks Fratti’s 50th (!) year on the American stage.

At 85, Fratti remains as prolific and vital an artist as ever. I have just written an appreciation of this remarkable playwright, critic, and theater teacher, which is published in the Indie Theater Companion on and also in some of the Community Media newspapers in Manhattan. I hope it does him justice; I think it provides at least a bit of context for his work and its importance.

We’re honored to have six of Fratti’s plays published on Indie Theater Now, including two that we just added yesterday — Beata, the Pope’s Daughter and, from 1962, the one that started it all, The Academy. Check them out: they’re both tight, well-crafted dramas with timeless themes (corruption, sex), and each features Fratti’s trademark twist-at-the-end.

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