Whittier College News Release
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It is So! (If You Think So) at Whittier College
Luigi Pirandello’s It is So! (If You Think So) will be presented by the Whittier College Department of Theatre Arts March 12-16, at the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts. The show will begin at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.
Pirandello, also the author of Six Characters in Search of an Author, wrote It Is So! (If You Think It So) in 1916. The play concerns itself with relativism, a feature of modern consciousness. In this play, the “truth” shifts as a provincial community concerns itself with the private lives of a new family in town.
With this cast of 14 characters, Pirandello invites us to grapple with issues of privacy, gossip, rumors, and most importantly, why we believe what we believe, said Jennifer Holmes, assistant professor of theatre arts and director of the play.
The Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to the author in 1934. According to biographers, his sense of disillusionment was burned into his psyche early on by a personal tragedy. At the age of 27, he married a young woman—the daughter of his father’s business partner—he had never met. By custom, the marriage was an arranged one. The young couple was happy at first, but after the birth of their third child and the loss of the family fortune in a flood, his wife, Antonietta, suffered a mental breakdown. She was so violent, she should have been institutionalized, but Pirandello kept her at home for 17 years. The illness had a profound effect on his children and his writing, leading him to explore madness, illusion and isolation.
Sophomore Stephanie Stevens of Norwalk, Calif., is the stage manager. Robin Kasahara, a sophomore from Whittier, is assistant stage manager.
The cast includes junior Justin Jimenez of Denver, Colo., as Lamberto Laudisi; Kimi Buser, a sophomore from Houston, Texas, as Signora Frola; Gabriel Cullen, a senior from Alameda, Calif., as Ponza, Signora Frola’s son-in-law; and Danielle Moran, a freshman from Malden, Mass., as Signora Ponza.
Christian Sorenson, a sophomore from Bellevue, Wash., and Ivy Worsham, a sophomore from Louisville, Colo., will play Commendatore Agazzi, a provincial councilor and his wife, Amalia. Their daughter, Dina, will be played by Katia Perdoni, a freshman from Hoffman, Minn.
Other cast members are Alex Potash, a freshman from San Anselmo, Calif., as Sirelli, and Cathy Johnson, a sophomore from Menlo Park, Calif., as his wife, Signora Sirelli. The Prefect will be played by Christian Bollacker, a senior from Denver; Zach Stecklein, a senior from Whittier, will play the police commissioner Centuri; Juliette Carr, a sophomore from Berkeley, Calif., and Christina Gutierrez, a sophomore from Riverside, Calif., will portray Signora Cini and Signora Nenni, respectively. Jason Darnell, a sophomore from Felton, Calif., rounds out the cast playing the butler.
Tickets are $10 for the general public and $8 for students and senior citizens. Tickets and information are available by calling the Shannon Center Box Office at 562-907-4203.
Located 18 miles east of Los Angeles, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering traditional liberal arts majors and strong pre-professional programs taught in the context of the liberal arts. Whittier Law School, which is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Costa Mesa.
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