Il Convitato di pietra by Perrucci / Andrea Perrucci
 

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Andrea Perrucci was born in Palermo in 1651, and is also known under the anagram of Preudarca Enrico. He studies in Naples as a dramatist, poet, librettist and author of essays; he becomes a member of the reputed Academies of Literature and Arts, notably those of Naples, Palermo and Rome. He is a prolific writer for the theatre and he also writes many sacred and profane tragicomedies or comedies, musical dramas and songs. In fact, he mixes popular and literary comedy and his style is quite affected and bombastic, with a predilection for plots with extraordinary or complicated adventures.
From 1678, he works for the Theatre San Bartolomeo in Naples and his most famous work entitled The True Light in The Midst of Darkness or The Birth of The Magnified Verb, created in 1698, will be staged every Christmas eve in Naples for over two centuries.
He has a perfect mastery and a wide experience of the traditional techniques of the theatre and production and publishes in 1699 The Art of The Rehearsed Performance and Improvisation. This work is a precious document on the Commedia dell'Arte because it includes numerous scenic directions that help a better understanding of the actors' performance. It is notably the case of the lazzi, the stage business rarely described in the sketches of the Commedia dell'Arte, which are now documented thanks to the indications given by Perrucci. Writing in Latin, Italian or in Neapolitan and Sicilian dialect, like Cicognini, he draws part of his inspiration from the Spanish theatre.
Thus in 1678 he stages in Naples Il convitato di pietra, by the Commedia Sostenuta, the second Italian adaptation of the Burlador de Sevilla by Tirso de Molina, followed by a second version in 1690.