“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 Radio Host
Chiara Durazzini, Pazzi Lazzi artistic director, is a native of Florence, Italy, and has been working as a theatre actress both in Italy and in Boston. She is the co-founder of the troupe, along with actor and writer Emanuele Capoano, and teaches the workshops, her favorite activity! She has often performed in shows for various Italian cultural organizations. Some of her 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 Company). 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 at the University of Bologna, Italy. Read more about her here.
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.
Laura Ingallinella is a Sicilian-born bookworm, whose life is all about literature and art.She is enthusiastically collaborating with the PazziLazzi troupe.She has studied Medieval and Renaissance Italian literature in Italy and France, surrounded by ancient manuscripts, and is currently working on her PhD dissertation on the manuscript transmission of medieval vernacular hagiography in the Boston area.Since 2005, she is the co-founder and chief editor of CriticaLetteraria (www.criticaletteraria.org),one of the most famous literary webzines in Italy.In 2011, she attended a theater writing workshop held by the Sicilian multicultural association Isola Quassùd. Her play Sostiene Malik, inspired by Antonio Tabucchi’s 1994 novel Pereira Maintains, has won the Italian national competition Lingue in scena!, sponsored by the Turin International Book Fair (Saloneinternazionale del libro) in 2012, and has been performed by a group of non-Italian young actors during the Book Fair. In Boston, she is a member of the Italian improvisational theatre group ImproNati.
Marco is happy to be collaborating with Pazzi Lazzi as acrtor 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.
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.
Liz Adams is an acclaimed Boston-based theatre artist and teacher. She performs a rich mixture of contemporary plays (often singing as well as acting), classics, murder mysteries, and commedia dell'arte, always finding community with her colleagues and audiences, and searching for ways to grow as an artist. In addition to her work with Pazzi Lazzi and a heavy performance schedule of traditional plays, she works regularly with new play development, directs plays whenever possible, and teaches in the Boston Public Schools and elsewhere. Her work has taken her to the New York International Fringe Festival, the Kennedy Center, and to theaters large and small throughout the Boston area. She holds a master's degree from Emerson College in Theatre Education, where she trained as both an artist and an educator, as well as being a master's degree candidate in English literature at Harvard Extension School focusing on Shakespeare. Her directing credits include work for Fort Point Theatre Channel at the Outside the Box Festival, MIT Shakespeare Ensemble, and MassArt Playwrights Workshop. She holds a bachelor's degree cum laude from Harvard Extension School with a concentration in biology, and has done graduate work in neuroscience.
We also work in partnership with the renown Renaissance music ensemble