On February 3, 2023, the Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan will present Poverty and Nobility | Miseria e Nobiltà.

The Best Italian Comedy.

Where: Marygrove Conservancy and Liberal Arts Theater
8425 W. McNichols Rd, Detroit, MI 48221


A History of Neapolitan Drama in the Twentieth Century

Naples, the second half of the 19th century: impoverished Felice Sciosciamocca works as a scribe for illiterate people while his friend Don Pasquale tries to make photographs for wealthy couples. Meanwhile, their wives fight in the house where the two live because the apartment is mortgaged, and the women don’t have money to pay the rent. Luckily, rich Count Eugenio, in love with the beautiful dancer Gemma, asks Pasquale and Felice to stage a farce for him. The father of Gemma – an enriched cook – wants to meet Eugenio’s family, but he knows that his real father disapproves of his love affair with the dancer. So Eugenio transforms Don Felice Sciosciamocca into his uncle (the Prince of Casador), and Don Pasquale has to play the true father of Eugenio (Ottavio Favetti). The young count entrusts a false part to each family member, except for Felice’s second wife, Luisella. Count Eugenio cannot find a role for her.  While Felice and Pasquale are arguing in the beautiful villa of Don Gaetano, Luisella bursts into the home and tries to compromise the plan organized by Eugenio. Don Felice manages to fix the situation, and in the end, all is resolved…