The Panini Players
|The Panini Players|
|Directed by||Jessica Stahmer|
|Produced by||Andrew Hitzhusen|
|Sponsored by||Lovers & Madmen|
We are a satellite group of Lovers & Madmen devoted specifically to Commedia dell'Arte in the style of Antonio Fava.
We, the Comedians and Tragedians of the Panini Players, have gathered to explore the human experience through Commedia dell’Arte. Commedia dell’Arte began in Renaissance Italy as a masked comic form that represents human trials and comedies. This form has gone through many variations and has been an oft-forgotten and oft-misunderstood dramatic form.
We explore Commedia dell’Arte's history and its modern form, particularly inspired by the Italian maestro, Antonio Fava. We seek to perfect our own technique in order to both entertain audiences and improve ourselves. We seek to bring awareness of this great form of drama, which has inspired Chicago’s improvisational theatre scene, to the Northwestern community and beyond.
- Jessica Stahmer
- Alec Bronder
- Andrew Hitzhusen
- Andre Sguerra
- Nicole Burke
- Greer DuBois
- Eve Bell
- Grace Hamilton-Vargo
- David Brown
- Artistic Director: Jessica Stahmer
- Producer: Andrew Hitzhusen
- Company Manager: Greer DuBois
We also perform on request offering 5 different programs for performances:
- An hour-long lecture/demonstration on Commedia history, characters and technique
- A flexible length workshop teaching Commedia characters and technique
- A traditional performance based on a scenario by Antonio Fava
- A performance of a scenario by an ensemble member
- Any performance that fits within our potential repertoire. As long as you give us some time, we can, in the tradition of the Arte, create any thing that you want.