Light in the Piazza

Eastman Opera Theatre

April 5, 2018 | 7:30 PM Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre
  • Tickets:
  • Box: $29
  • Orchestra: $24
  • Students: $10
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Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Original Score, 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, surprisingly childish young woman––loses her hat in a sudden gust. As if guided by an unseen hand, the hat lands at the feet of Fabrizio Naccarelli, a handsome Florentine, who returns it to Clara. This brief episode, charged with coincidence and fate, 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.


The four performances are:


  • Thursday, April 5th, 7:30pm
  • Friday, April 6th, 7:30pm
  • Saturday, April 7th, 7:30pm
  • Sunday, April 8th, 2pm


A pre-performance lecture will take place 1 hour prior to the Friday, Saturday and Sunday performances in the Ray Wright Room (ESM 120).


Thursday/Saturday Friday/Sunday
Maire Therese Carmack Margaret Johnson Hannah Carroll
Natalie Vatcher Clara Johnson Julia Fedor
Achilles Bezanis Fabrizio Naccarelli Jordan Costa
Chad Somers Giuseppe Naccarelli Adam Wells
Lauren Nash Silberstein Franca Naccarelli Sarah Forestieri
Mark Hosseini Signor Naccarelli Keith Klein
Laura Sanders Signora Naccarelli Virginia Sheffield
Keith Klein Roy Johnson Chad Somers
Ensemble All performances
Sarah Korath
Jenna Nee
Faith Snyderman (Tour Guide)
Gileann Tan
Nathaniel Catasca
Henry Dean
Marcus Jefferson
Mason Lambert (Priest)