Let’s start talking about Luigi Pirandello first!
Pirandello is an italian author distinguished with the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1934.
He wrote plays, such as Six Characters In Search of an Author and Henry IV, and novels, including the famous One, No one and One Hundred Thousand and The Late Mattia Pascal, that made him famous in 1904.
But the play “Pirandello” is not a production of a play by the italian writer, and despite his name giving the show’s title, nor is it a biography of the author Luigi Pirandello. However, it is a biography: the story of Mattia Pascal, just as Pirandello invented him in his novel The Late Mattia Pascal, adapted for the stage.
Mattia is unhappy with his life, with a dreary dead-end job and a miserable marriage. One day he acquires a small fortune in a casino in Montecarlo but, on his way home, he discovers that everyone thinks he is dead. Faced with this sudden opportunity to start afresh, he assumes a new identity.