someone from assisi
1 Man, 2 Women, 1 Girl
In this play about the Deadly Sin of Lust, Saint Francis, almost blind and toothless and nearing the end of his life, revisits Assisi, where he encounters Pica, a young girl with the same name as his mother; Mother Clara of Saint Damian’s Convent; and Mona Lucrezia (now a mad woman) with whom he had a love affair when he was a wild, willful young man known as Francis the Frenchman, and she was a young married woman. Saint Francis still seeks expiation for the “load of sin” with which he has offended God. The play poses questions about the true meaning of love-and, as Wilder wrote, about “the ideas of the Erotic as Destroyer and the Erotic as Creative.”
Someone from Assisi was first produced at the Circle in the Square Theater in New York January 10, 1962, as one of three plays grouped as “Plays for Bleecker Street.
A Note on Publication:
Someone from Assisi was first published in 1997 by TCG in The Collected Short Plays of Thornton Wilder, edited by Donald Gallup and Tappan Wilder. It is also included in Collected Plays & Writings on Theater edited by J. D. McClatchy, published by The Library of America in 2007.
Professional and Amateur Productions:
Samuel French Inc.
UK and International:
Alan Brodie Representation Ltd.