During a 2009 study abroad trip in Perugia, Italy, St. Bonaventure University professor Michael Chiariello saw Mario Pirovano's one-man show about the life of St. Francis of Assisi. Impressed by the actor's feel for the life of the revered saint, Chiraiello asked the actor to perform the show in English for students and faculty in Italy, and later asked if he would bring his show to Western NewYork.
Pirovans obliged on both accounts. He will perform Dario Fo's "Francis, the Holy Jester," at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure in Olean. Pirovano is also using the opportunity to launch a NorthAmerican tour of the performance,which will take him to colleges and universities across the United States.
The 2009 play by Fo, the Nobel Prize-winning playwright whose famous work "The Accidental Death of an Anarchist" is running through Saturday in Subversive Theatre'sManny Fried Playhouse, focuses on little-knownevents in St. Francis' life. Pirovano plays a variety of characters, from St. Francis to "popes and cardinals, dukes and duchesses, soldiers on the battlefield" and "traders in the marketplace," according to a release.
The performance, accompanied by an exhibition of Fo's religious art in the Quick Center, is free. Call 375-2494 to reserve a seat, or visitwww.sbu.edu.