Love in the Seventh Kindom of Wrath- A new play by Kenneth Prestininzi

By Kenneth Prestininzi
Produced by FRANK
Leeds Theatre
October 7th @ 3pm
ONE SHOW ONLY!!! Admission is FREE!!!

Written by Brown Ph.D. student and Acting Chair of Playwriting at the Yale School of Drama, Kenneth Prestininzi, and produced and performed by FRANK, a theatre company comprised entirely of gardaute of Brown, Love in the Seventh Kingdom of Wrath is an imaginative journey through the most explosive period of sixteenth century painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio's life. Caravaggio's work is known for the painter’s observation of the human figure and his emotional use of light. These qualities, along with the tumultuous story of Caravaggio’s life, seized playwright Ken Prestininzi and FRANK’s artistic team upon their first encounters with his paintings. This is not the story of Caravaggio--the world renowned painter whose work is housed in museums, it is the story of Michelangelo Merisi, an ambitious commoner, a class conscious and sexual radical, and an artist who died alone.

In Love in the Seventh Kingdom of Wrath we watch Merisi in his dreams, on the streets and in his studio.  With him, we leap into a world of creative order, chaos and eros; we meet the models and characters from his street life that inspire the painter as he defines how artists and audiences should see the sacred in the daily world. We follow Merisi and his famous models Cecco and Fillide as they grapple with their own creative impulses, inner angels and demons and the hungry, sensual and religious society around them. The audience journeys with the characters through the tenderness and violence of flesh on flesh, fantasy, and transformation.

The entire play takes place in Merisi’s studio--a brown box with a red curtain where he and his cohorts make and break their own rules. This studio transforms to portray not only the world of Merisi’s paintings, but also the emotionally charged lives of all the characters that struggle to embody their arguments, desires and prayers. Light, fabric, flesh and color will play as important a role in our staging of these paintings as it played in the paintings themselves. The play uses the structure of an epic poem and choral vignettes to explore these worlds. The performers embody the physical tableaux of the paintings and engage with the myriad and mercurial shapes and movement of love, wrath and light.