The Pazzi Lazzi troupe has the power to transport the audience to a 16th century Italian piazza. The skits have the commedia dell'arte's traditional bright comedy without leaving out references to the modern world. With great stage presence, charisma, and comedic timing, the actors create an absolutely unique and fun performance. They use biting wit and notable mimicry. From Arlecchino to Pantalone, to Colombina and Pulcinella, you are in for a bunch of laughs!
- Stefano Marchese, Musician and Educator
Chiara Durazzini is a native of Florence, Italy, and is Pazzi Lazzi artistic director. After performing both in Italy and in the U.S., in 2013, with her long time actor friend Emanuele Capoano, she co-founded the troupe for which she performs, teaches and directs. She is also the aristic director -along with Eleonora Francesca Cordovani- of the affiliated Italian theatre company All’italiana – Boston Italian Theatre Company which involves Italian speakers in staging shows by Italian playwrights. With these two companies, Chiara has acted and directed original shows like “Aria di Commedia” (2014) and “Isabella Unmasked – The Legacy of an Italian Renaissance Woman” (2017) and “Pinocchio – A Commedia Adventure” (2020), and renowned plays like “Questi Fantasmi” (2018) by Eduardo De Filippo e “La Giara” (2019) by Luigi Pirandello.
Some of her other American credits include Tinker Bell in "Pan" (Company One), Carmen in "The Balcony" (Boston Directors' Lab) and the Virgin Mary in "Anger Box" (Apollinaire Theatre). She had also previously appeared in numerous Italian productions, including plays by Moliere, Goldoni and Pirandello. She has trained with the actors of Odin Teatret and studied extensively Commedia dell'Arte at the Scuola Sperimentale dell'Attore near Venice.
She obtained her Master's degree in Art, Music and Theatre from the
University of Bologna, Italy.
Dan Meyers is a versatile multi-instrumentalist and has developed a reputation as a flexible and engaging performer of both classical and folk music; his credits range from premieres of avant-garde chamber music, to headlining a concert series in honor of Pete Seeger at the Newport Folk Festival, to playing Renaissance instruments on Broadway as part of the “band” for the Globe Shakespeare Company. He is a founding member of the Boston-based groups Seven Times Salt and the 7 Hills Renaissance Wind Band, and has been a guest artist with early music groups throughout the US including the Folger Consort, the Newberry Consort, Early Music New York, La Follia Baroque, the Medieval music ensemble Meravelha, and the Cambridge Revels. He is the director of early wind instrument studies at the Five Colleges (MA) and has taught at Tufts University and for the Pinewoods Early Music Week. He also performs southern Italian folk music with the award-winning band Newpoli, and traditional Irish and Scottish music with the trio Ulster Landing. Dan holds a Master of Music degree in Early Music Performance from the Longy School of Music, and BA degrees in Music and English Literature from Whitman College.
Rossella moved from Naples to Boston in 2016, after finishing her high school diploma. She is currently attending Bunker Hill Community College and completing her associate degree in Liberal Arts. To finish her bachelor degree, she plans to move to a theatre major in a four-year college. During High school she helped in a theatrical production of Eduardo De Filippo’s play “Sogno di una Notte di Mezza Sbornia”, with an amateur troupe of actors, writers and directors. During the Summer of 2017, for five months, she worked as a Hotel entertainer with the Swiss Animation company Life Tourism & Entertainment in Rhodes, Greece, performing on stage every night. Both in 2018 and 2019 she participated to different events and was part of few shows with Pazzi Lazzi troupe. In 2019 she took three classes of Improvisation at the Improv Boston School, in Cambridge (MA). As of 2020 she appeared in “The Oil Jar” a play by Pirandello with the Impronati theater company and is now working as an actress in the production of a radio play.
Marco is happy to be collaborating with Pazzi Lazzi as actor and director. Past roles include Malvolio in “Twelfth Night”, Solyony in Chekhov’s “The Three Sisters”, Bottom in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, Parolles in “All’s Well That Ends Well”, The Sexton in “Much Ado About Nothing”, Baron Van Swieten in “Amadeus”, Tim in “Noises Off”, Carlino in “Wait Until Dark”, John Thoreau in “The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail”, Scrooge and Jacob Marley in separate productions of “A Christmas Carol” Reginald Beresford in “The Big Audition” in Hollywood, CA and The Narrator in “Pasqual D”Angelo, Una Vita” in L’Aquila, Italy. Marco had also spent 4 years acting with the Boston Youth Theater and has acted in industrial film and video, feature films and in promotional spots and programs for WCVB-TV, WHDH-TV, WVBF-FM, WBZ-TV, WFSB-TV in CT and NBC-TV. Marco has studied acting in Los Angeles with Diane Salinger, Chris Game, and Gina Gallego, and in Boston with Spiro Veloudos and Ingrid Sonnichsen. Marco holds a B.A. from Emerson College and an M.A. from Middlebury College.
Eleonora Francesca Cordovani
Eleonora Francesca Cordovani is originally from Tuscany, Italy, where she started studying theater in College and with the Isole Comprese Teatro Company, focusing on Theatre Therapy. She then worked as an acting teacher, director and actress. She continued her studies with Mamadou Dioume in Trieste and Bethany Caputo in NY. among others.
In 2012 Eleonora moved to the US where she decided to spice up her career graduating as a yoga teacher. Finding a deep connection between yoga and theatre, she likes to use her theater skills when she teaches yoga and vice versa.
Eleonora is also very involved in social justice, all her classes are inclusive to everyone regardless of their background and abilities, and her performances often delve into social topics.
She is currently the Artistic Co-director of All'italiana - Boston Italian Theatre Company together with Chiara Durazzini, and she is studying to become a Yoga Therapist.
Riccardo is a native of the region of Campania, Italy. He studied Medical Biotechnology in Naples and in 2013 he moved to The Netherlands for his PhD. Since 2018 he’s been living in Boston, where he works as a Research Fellow at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, focusing on inherited retinal disorders.
If the city of Naples is worldwide known as a “open-air theatre”, this is not only due to the notorious expressivity of its citizens but mainly to the genius of Neapolitan actors and play directors such as Antonio De Curtis (Toto’) and the De Filippo family (Eduardo, Peppino, Titina). In all Neapolitan families the love for comedy is handed down across generations and this explains where Riccardo’s passion for theatre comes from.
He joined Pazzi Lazzi and ImproNati in September 2018, and participated to De Filippo’s comedy “Questi Fantasmi” in November 2018.
Riccardo is also a great fan of Southern Italian folk and regional music and dances, in particular those coming from area surrounding the Vesuvius, like tammurriata.
We also work in partnership with the renown Renaissance music ensemble