"If culture is a conversation, then the works of David Grimm are a roaring dinner party." — American Theatre Magazine

A band of traveling commedia players in Renaissance Italy ignites the passions of the locals when they arrive to perform at the Feast of San Gennaro. A series of lovers romp through the town piazza seeking pleasure and finding love in this outrageously smart and bawdy comedy from David Grimm (Measure for Pleasure and Kit Marlowe).

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  • The Miracle at Naples - Meet and Greet

    The cast, artistic team, and Huntington Theatre Company staff convene for the first rehearsal of David Grimm's outrageous and side-splitting very adult comedy about food, sex, and love in all its forms The Miracle at Naples. Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois makes his Boston directorial debut.

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  • David Grimm Invites You to The Miracle at Naples

    Playwright David Grimm invites you to the world premiere production of his outrageous and side-splitting very adult comedy about food, sex, and love in all its forms, The Miracle at Naples. Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois makes his Boston directorial debut.

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  • Dick Latessa Invites You to The Miracle at Naples

    Tony Award winner Dick Latessa invites you to come see the world premiere production of David Grimm's outrageous and side-splitting very adult comedy about food, sex, and love in all its forms, The Miracle at Naples. Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois makes his Boston directorial debut.

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  • Lucy DeVito Invites You to The Miracle at Naples

    Actor Lucy DeVito invites you to the world premiere production of David Grimm's outrageous and side-splitting very adult comedy about food, sex, and love in all its forms, The Miracle at Naples. Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois makes his Boston directorial debut.

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  • Behind the Scenes of The Miracle at Naples

    Go behind the scenes of the world premiere of David Grimm's outrageous and side-splitting very adult comedy about food, sex, and love in all its forms, The Miracle at Naples. A motley band of traveling commedia players in Renaissance Italy arrives in Naples just in time for the Feast of San Gennaro. The passions of the actors and the locals are ignited when lustful lovers romp through the town piazza seeking pleasure and discovering the many forms of love in this outrageously smart and bawdy comedy. Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois makes his Boston directorial debut.

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  • The Miracle at Naples at the Huntington

    The Miracle at Naples is a new outrageous and side-splitting very adult comedy about food, sex, and love in all its forms.

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  • History Games: The Life and Plays of David Grimm

    “I have taken great liberty with historical fact and make no apology for it.” So proclaims David Grimm in the author’s note to one of his earliest and most successful plays, Sheridan, or Schooled in Scandal. As anyone familiar with Grimm’s dramatic work knows, his unrepentantly free approach to history has nothing to do with lazy research. His ability to conjure a panoply of historical periods and long-forgotten theatrical forms — from Renaissance London to 1930s New York, Italian commedia dell’arte to British Restoration comedy — marks a historian’s attention to the social, political, and economic conditions behind each period and form.

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  • Looking for a Refill On That Half-Empty Glass

    David Grimm, author of The Miracle at Naples and long-time collaborator of Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois, spoke recently with Brett Marks about his writing process, his theories on love, and how plays set in the far-away-and-long-ago can have meaningful resonances for today’s audiences.

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  • When Blood Boils: The Ongoing Tale of Saint Gennaro

    San Gennaro, the patron saint of Naples, functions like an invisible character in The Miracle at Naples, haunting the play, as he does the city to this very day. His story has all the drama and mysticism of that make Christian saints’ lives read like comic books, but it is his afterlife that has ensured his enduring fame.

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  • Delight in Turmoil: Renaissance Naples

    An old proverb, attributed variously to an 18th century French tourist, a German tourist from an indeterminate period, and Mary Shelley (author of Frankenstein), describes Naples as “a paradise inhabited by devils.” The description, of course, isn’t mere insult: one assumes the devils and the paradise are inseparable.

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  • A Theatre for the People

    The lives of commedia dell’arte performers were not easy. Though they took pride in their work, they were in the same social position as vagabonds, jugglers, and itinerant travelers. They had to petition city leaders for the chance to perform for their citizens, and being turned down was not unusual.

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  • Jokes on Wheels: All About Commedia Dell’Arte

    Aside from a few esoteric performances, most of them in acting conservatories or in parts of Italy, hardly anyone has seen a true commedia dell’arte show in the flesh. This unique comedic form, derived from Roman comic styles and hugely popular in 16th and 17th century Europe, has all but disappeared from the current theatrical landscape.

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  • The Archetypes of Commedia (a selection)

    The classic commedia characters who appear in The Miracle at Naples are the Innamorata, Capitano, Pulcinella, and Coviello.

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Press Reviews

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"Fantastic! RAUNCHY and POTENT! A classical comedy with a modern edge. The audience is having a BLAST!" — Boston Herald
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  • Miracle Worker: Lucy DeVito Moves From Anne Frank to Comedy

    From EDGE Boston, Apr. 7, 2009: "Tragedy can wear on you. For Lucy DeVito, playing the roles of a severely autistic teenager (in Lucy) and then a Holocaust victim (in The Diary of Anne Frank) was a few months too many in the belly of the beast. . . ."

Artists

  • Alma CuervoFrancescina
  • Lucy DeVitoLa Piccola
  • Dick LatessaDon Bertolino Fortunato
  • Alfredo NarcisoGiancarlo
  • Pedro PascalTristano
  • Christina PumariegaFlaminia
  • Gregory WooddellMatteo
  • David GrimmPlaywright
  • Peter DuBoisDirector
  • Alexander DodgeScenic Designer
  • Anita YavichCostume Designer
  • Rui RitaLighting Designer
  • Ben EmersonSound Designer
  • Peter GolubComposer
  • Alaine AlldafferCasting Director
  • Leslie SearsProduction Stage Manager
  • Amy Louise SpallettaStage Manager

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