Italian street theater experiencing a renaissance

The Department of Fools uses masks, improv and plenty of satire to revive a form of street theatre called commedia dell’Arte.

“We are a bunch of crazy actors doing physical comedy,” said actor Brandon Salerno. “We’re also very zany and out of the box. So the department felt official and fools feels crazy,” Salerno said.

The self-proclaimed fools will sometimes busk in Washington Square Park.

“Performers would go out and put on short performances for mostly working class people,” said Matthew A.J. Gregory, capaocomico or captain of the troupe. 

“They were the ones who were out in the street of the cities of the Italian Renaissance. That kind of

→ Continue reading at Spectrum News NY1

[ufc-fb-comments url=""]

Latest Articles

Related Articles