Mamma Mia – La Befana?!
by Midge Guerrera
Mamma Mia – La Befana?! weaves the ancient Italian Epiphany tale, La Befana, into a contemporary American setting. Could the fun loving sixty-something Nonna from Florida really be the thousands of years old scruffy old woman who on January 5th delivers gifts to the good children and coal to the bad? The answer becomes evident as Nonna/Befana uses her holiday magic to find her lost and injured granddaughter, Mary. Every January, La Befana finds all the Italian children in the world, this year she finds one very special Italo-Americana, her granddaughter.
- Cast Size: 3M 4F
- Running Time: Under an Hour
- Royalty Rate: $40 per performance
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A magically inviting example how to tell a holiday story in theatrical terms while exploring the larger themes of mother/daughter relationships, family history and how it affects the generational dynamics, the need for honoring traditions and responsibility, and what an individual’s legacy really means. Enchanting, touching, at times a bit heartbreaking as well as just a little frightening (in a good way), this would be a terrific addition to any theatre company’s holiday programming.