Nov. 10, 2014
Argentinian play returns To Venice for limited engagement
World festival favorite, Our Daily Bread, to perform Dec. 12 & 13, 2014
(Venice, FL) The play that won everyone’s hearts at this summer’s international theatre festival is returning to Venice Theatre for two performances only. Our Daily Bread, produced by La Compasiva Teatro out of Argentina, will be presented on Venice Theatre’s MainStage Friday Dec. 12 and Saturday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. each evening. All seats for this unique theatrical experience are $25 and are on sale now at the theatre’s box office located at 140 W. Tampa Ave. in Venice, online at www.venicestage.com or by phone at 941-488-1115. Generous group discounts are available.
Currently on tour throughout Mexico and South America, Our Daily Bread has been invited back to Venice Theatre by popular demand after its success at aactWorldFest 2014 in June. Venice Theatre’s Executive/Artistic Director Murray Chase says, “It takes less than a minute to fall in love with this show. I’m thrilled to present it again so that more people can enjoy it.”
Our Daily Bread is an exhilarating two-person play written and acted by Mario Marino and Gabriela Pages and directed by Alfredo Badalamenti. Enacted in an up-tempo, silent movie style, the story chronicles a couple’s relationship from first meeting through child-rearing and mid-life crises to old age. All of this is depicted through movement, music and (as the title suggests) the symbolism of kneading and baking bread.
The play was honored this summer with several top awards from the aactWorldFest adjudicators including: Outstanding Innovation through Technology, Excellence in Overall Performance, Outstanding Directorial Vision, Outstanding Actress and Outstanding Actor.
Theatre critic Jay Handelman of the Herald-Tribune reviewed the show during aactWorldFest saying, “We have seen stories that tackle such subject matter, but not quite so powerfully or beautifully performed or pantomimed.” He singled out the show as his “personal favorite” of the 15 that were presented at the festival.
Venice Theatre patron Claire Shiparski hopes that people who missed the show in June will make a point to see it this time around. She says, “Our Daily Bread is one of the most beautiful love stories ever told. Even though it’s from Argentina, no Spanish is needed to understand it. In fact, not even a word is spoken. You have never seen a play like this before.”
In a blog about her experiences attending the week-long aactWorldFest, writer Nanette Crist had this (and much more) to say about Our Daily Bread: “I was captivated from the first moment by her charming flapper-like leg movements and the look on his face that conveyed a wistful sense of hope … The audience erupted at the end of the show in appreciation of a performance that was beautiful and moving and inordinately creative. The concept of wanting to be able to hit the ‘replay’ button came to me as I was walking out of the theater after watching this show.” In a few weeks, Crist will be able to do just that.
Again, performances of Our Daily Bread are on Dec. 12 and 13 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at 941-488-1115, www.venicestage.com or 140 W. Tampa Ave. Box office hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and one hour before all performances.
140 W. Tampa Ave
Venice, FL 34285
Venice Theatre’s mission is making a dramatic impact on all stages of life. The second-largest out of 10,000 community theatres in the United States, it is located at 140 W. Tampa Ave .on the island in Venice, FL. Its MainStage offers seating for 432 patrons and features musicals, plays, concerts and special events. Its Yvonne Pinkerton Theatre seats 90 patrons and is home to the theatre’s “Generations”, Stage II and Cabaret Series. In addition to providing entertainment to the community, Venice Theatre has a wide range of education and outreach programs for children and adults.