30 Oct-4 Nov. The Rome Savoyards and Plays in Rome present an English-language production of Major Barbara at Teatro S. Genesio in the Prati district, from 30 October until 4 November.
Considered one of George Bernard Shaw's most thought-provoking and witty plays, Major Barbara is a bittersweet comedy that highlights the conflict between power and poverty.
Set in 1905, the play follows Major Barbara Undershaft, a devoted Salvation Army officer, who becomes disillusioned when her Christian denomination accepts charity money from her armaments-manufacturing millionaire father. She initially sees the Salvation Army's acceptance of her father's money as hypocrisy but eventually comes to the conclusion that people with power are more in need of salvation than converting the hungry in return for food.
Shaw himself derided the notion that charities should only accept money from "morally pure" sources, pointing out that donations can always be used for good, whatever their provenance.
Directed by Sandra Provost, the cast includes (in order of appearance) Gabriella Spadaro, Frank Baj, Camilla Mazzi, Gabrielle Chiararo, Fabiana De Rose, Shane Harnett, Grant Thompson, Shelagh Stuchbery, Harry McCrory, Michael Fitzpatrick, Anna Butterworth, Edoardo Camponeschi, Carolyn Gouger.
Performances 30 Oct-2 Nov 20.30, 3-4 Nov 17.30. For tickets tel. 3478248661 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more details see Facebook event page.
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George Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara in Rome
Teatro San Genesio, Via Podgora, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy