FORTUNA PRODUCTIONS 

 Old and new stories told on stage   

 

OUR WORKS

 
ANTINOUS

 

A tragic love story about the boy who became Emperor
Hadrian's page. ANTINOUS speaks about the deep
bond between a middle-aged man and a teenager,
but also about politics, power and powerlessness.

 


 

JAMES McGINN

JOHN SANNUTO as  Emperor Hadrian

JO JO HRISTOVA as Hadrians' old slave


ALY BITTER as Antinous' young slave


JULIANA FADEYEV as Antinous tutor and as Empress Sabina 



Light Daniel Winter


Images & Sounds Basil Horn


Costumes Rachel Guilfoyle


Music DAVID SHARPE


New York, Winter Preview 2011, Nuyorican Cafe
New York, Fall 2012, The First Floor Theater

 

CONFESSIONS


A play about Augustine of Hippo, a writer who lived during the late Roman Empire, better known as a Saint and as a pivotal figure in Western thinking. 

However, this is not a work about religion or about philosophy. 


CONFESSIONS is a few artists' exploration of the life of a young man in search of what he called his hominis interioris - "the lover within."

A singer, a cellist and a dancer bring to life a variety of characters in Augustine's world, in order to tell us the story of how a man followed the call of a strange force inside himself, which spoke to him out loud.





ANDREW NOLEN 
as Augustine and God

BARBARA MARTINEZ 
as Augustine's mother, Monica, as his mistress, and as the Human Soul

DAVID SHARPE 
as Augustine's pedagogue and as his beloved friend

MATEO FISCHER 
as Augustine, a toddler, and as the Messenger of God


Music by DAVID SHARPE 
Choreography by Barbara Martinez
Lighting by Stephen Petrilli

New York, 2009. New York University's Casa Italiana and Temple M



 

AND THEN, 




Five one-woman monologues about contemporary tragedies inspired

by Euripides' Medea. A Palestinian terrorist. A school teacher who

seduced her student. An American soldier who became a torturer in

Iraq's Abu Ghraib's jail. A young mother who drowned her children. 

A woman who committed suicide in order

to frame her husband for murder.


These pieces are set against a backdrop of projected 
fine-arts and mass-media images. Costume changes 
take place on stage and are choreographed to sections 
of Luigi Cherubini's opera Medea sung by Maria Callas.

All roles played by 

JO JO HRISTOVA



Movement by Barbara Martinez

Image concept by Amelia Arenas


Lighting design by Duilio Passariello



New York,  2007. The Bulgarian Art Festival and "The Curve Art Space."

AND THEN, was selected as one of Best American Short Plays 2006-2007
Edited by Barbara Parisi, Applause Books, 2010, New York

 

HELL



The first part of a trilogy about self-discovery, HELL was based on Dante's journey into human error, Inferno -- from gluttony and rage to suicide and treason. The piece was followed by CONFESSIONS, which was inspired by the writings of Saint Augustine.DREAMSa play derived from the early works of Sigmund Freud, will conclude this trilogy.

 




MATTHEW BURNS 
as Dante, Paolo, the Minotaur, Jason, Count Ugolino and Judas (*)

BARBARA MARTINEZ 
as Beatrice, Francesca, a glutton, an alcoholic, 
Queen Pasiphae, a suicide, a waitress and "The Diva"

DAVID SHARPE 
as Vergil, a glutton, Ulysses, King Nimrod and Brutus 

*These roles were played by Brad Cresswell in the original production 


Music composed by Brad Cresswell 
and performed by David Sharpe
Choreography by Barbara MartInez

Image concept by Amelia Arenas

Lighting  design by Duilio Passariello

New York, 2005-2006. The Rubin Museum of Art 
and New York University's Casa Italiana

 
ELEGY, from CONFESSIONS, performed by Andrew Nolen, music by David Sharpe
ELEGY music instrum
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