Bella Donna

Bella Donna Artists Collective
by David Copelin
directed by ANITA LA SELVA
May 16 – Jun 1, 2019 in the Extraspace
Opened Friday, May 17, 2019
Closed

Bella Donna invites audiences into the world of intrigue, politics, sex, and power, all controlled by one of history’s most powerful and misunderstood women: Lucrezia Borgia.

While Pope Julius II excommunicates LUCREZIA BORGIA (alleged daughter of his predecessor, Alexander VI) and her husband DUKE ALFONSO D’ESTE of Ferrara,  Alfonso dallies with his young mistress ANGELA DiGHILINI. Disguised, Lucrezia goes to seek a secret audience with the Pope. There she meets GIOVANNI, a young soldier, who doesn’t realize who Lucrezia is and may be evidence of a guilty secret even more devastating to Lucrezia. SISTER BIBIANA, Lucrezia’s confidante, arranges for Giovanni to come to Ferrara, where he is adroitly poisoned by Alfonso. As the evidence mounts, so do the dramatic stakes.

Our contemporized production of Bella Donna is directed by the Gina Wilkinson award-winning emerging female director, Anita La Selva, and stars Françoise Balthazar, Martha Chaves, Michael Giordano, Paul Hopkins, Chelsea Russell, and Dewy Steward.

Are you ready to be seduced?

Cast and Crew

  • David Copelin
  • ANITA LA SELVA
  • ALISON WONG
  • JAN VENUS
  • WALEED ANSARI
  • DANIEL LEVINSON
  • ELLEN BROOKER
  • FRANÇOISE BALTHAZAR, PAUL HOPKINS, CHELSEA RUSSELL, MARTHA CHAVES, DEWEY STEWART & MICHAEL GIORDANO