Guernica author Mary Melfi’s play My Italian Wife will be performed by The Order of the Sons of Italy in Montreal from November 26th to November 29th, at the Casa d’Italia 505 Rue Jean-Talon E. The performance will be directed by Leo Samà, and stars Paolo De Paolo, Lisa Giannini, Anthony Gervasi, and Felicia Mezzanotte. The first performance will follow a launch of Melfi’s book Via Roma at 7:00 pm.
My Italian Wife is “a light-hearted comedy about two sisters and their marital foibles”.The play focuses on Rita Romano, a teacher of Italian background, who suspects that her younger sister is having an affair with Rita’s surgeon husband. The conflict between Rita, who grew up poor but is now rich, and her sister Paula, who grew up rich but is now poor, exposes disagreements in tradition and values. Although Rita is Italian-born and her sister is born in Canada, the two sisters love each other despite these differences.
Mary Melfi is the author of over a dozen critically-acclaimed books of poetry, prose, and drama. These works have been translated into many different languages, including her first novel Infertility Rites, which was translated into French and Italian. Her memoir, Italy Revisited: Conversations with my Mother, was also translated into Italian, and a French edition under the title La-bas, en Italie, will soon be available from Les Editions Triptyque. Her works have also inspired William Anselmi’s Mary Melfi, Essays on Her Works, released by Guernica Editions in 2007. Her newest book, Via Roma has just been released by Guernica Editions this fall.