The Light in the Piazza

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Source Material

Based on the 1960 novella by Elizabeth Spencer


The Light in the Piazza takes place in Italy in the summer of 1953. Margaret Johnson, the wife of an American businessman, is touring the Tuscan countryside with her daughter, Clara. While sightseeing, Clara — a beautiful, rather childlike young woman — loses her hat in a sudden gust. The hat lands at the feet of Fabrizio Naccarelli, a handsome, young Florentine, who returns it to Clara. This brief episode sparks an immediate and intense romance between Clara and Fabrizio. Margaret, extremely protective of her daughter, attempts to keep Clara and Fabrizio apart. As The Light in the Piazza unfolds, a secret is revealed: in addition to the cultural differences between the young lovers, Clara is not quite all that she appears. Unable to suppress the truth about her daughter, Margaret is forced to reconsider not only Clara's future, but her own hopes as well. (Adapted from the synopsis on the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization site.)

Trivia & History

Workshopped at the Sundance Theatre Workshop in Utah. Date and credits unknown.

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