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Robert Brustein's highly acclaimed adaption of Pirandello's masterpiece, a study in illusion and reality which follows a group of characters who try to fashion their life stories into acceptable drama. Plays for Performance Series.
Paperback, 86 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Ivan R. Dee Publisher (first published March 9th 1921)
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Riku Sayuj

Six Characters in Search of a Stage

Presents a comic (tragic?) and confusing cast of six enigmatic characters seeking an author who can put them inside a 'book'.

They need this badly, so that they can live where they are born to live -- on the stage, and away from this off-stage world of ordinary people, without 'drama' inborn in them. They stumble on a stage and almost manages to get a director to present their story too.

But in the end their play does not manage to get presented -- because how
They say I was born in June. The day, the year somehow ceases to exist. I live with my mother. She stares at the wall, singing songs unnoticing my existence in the house. Is this how being an orphan feels like? I used to work at Madame Pace’s dress shop. Only it wasn't a dress shop. It was a whore house where I used to entertain clients throughout the night. My mother was unaware of my earnings, but as if it mattered. Then, one day I fell in love. In fact, I fell in love with his eyes. The same ...more
Jan 02, 2015 Alex rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: imaginary people
Oh, this play is great. What a fucking thing it is. It's about how we create our own realities: how each of us choose to play a character, to such an extent that we sometimes sit outside ourselves, watching our characters act out their scenes. And it's about the subjective nature of reality: how to each of us, the scenes we live through may be be completely different to each actor in them.

I was talking to a friend recently about the beginning of our relationship, and discovered that her percepti
Lubna ALajarmah
• قرأت مسرحية "6 شخصيات تبحث عن مؤلف" وهي من روائع المسرح الإيطالي .. لأن الرئيس المصري جمال عبد الناصر ذكرها في كتابه "فلسفة الثورة" .. وهذه القصة هي للشاعر الإيطالي الكبير (( لويدجي بيراندلو ))..

• وكتب عبد الناصر حين تذكر هذه القصة: "إن ظروف التاريخ مليئة بالأبطال الذين صنعوا لأنفسهم أدوار بطولة مجيدة قاموا بها في ظروف حاسمة على مسرحه.إن ظروف التاريخ أيضاً مليئة بأدوار البطولة المجيدة التي لم تجد بعد الأبطال الذين يقومون بها على مسرحه، ولست أدري لماذا يخيل لي دائماً إن في هذه المنطقة التي نعيش
Neste livro estão reunidas duas peças de Pirandello.

Seis Personagens em Busca de um Autor
Nas primeiras páginas até achei piada mas, quando seis personagens, seis actores, um director, um ponto, e mais meia dúzia de criaturas começaram a rodopiar em palco, fizeram-me um nó na cabeça impossível de desatar…

Henrique IV
Depois de ler a anterior ainda me restou alguma esperança de apreciar esta peça mas, quando na terceira página li que foi inspirada na história de um rei alemão excomungado por um pap
Niloo Beygi
اولین کاری بود که از پیراندلو می خوندم. اونقدر خوب بود که نتونستم کتاب رو زمین بذارم و تا آخر خوندمش.
نمایشنامه ای ضدتئاتر یا به نوعی انعکاسی که انقدر با مرز بین خیال و واقعیت بازی می کنه که گاهی من مخاطب هم بهت زده می مونم که چی رو باور کنم. چی واقعا حقیقته و چی واقعا خیال؟ چیزی هست که اونا رو جدا کنه؟
پیراندلو مدام در مورد ذهنیت آدم ها به مسائل بحث می کنه و نشون می ده که از دیدگاه های متفاوت مسائل به گونه های مختلفی جلوه می کنن. از نظر شش شخصیت زندگی اونا واقعیته، حقیقته که نیازی به بازی کردن ند
'Oh sir, you know well that life is full of infinite absurdities, which, strangely enough, do not even need to appear plausible, since they are true.'

As the title suggests, the storyline is loosely based on 6 characters who want to vocalize themselves to any author who would give life to them. They enter a rehearsal studio, where a play is unfolding and ask the Director to become their author. Even when the Director objects, they start to narrate their story and after he is intrigued, he accepts
Iako je prvi put izvedena još 1921. godine, drama Šest lica traži pisca i danas izgleda kao da je tek izašla sa scene nekog savremenog nam pozorišta. Zaplet drame nastaje kada u sred pozorišne probe glumaca uleti šest fikcionalnih likova. Te likove stvorio je izvesni pisac, ali ih je odbacio i nikada ih nije otelotvorio u nekom književnom ostvarenju. Oni bezuspešno pokušavaju da ubede režisera da postavi na sceni dramu koju su oni proživeli. Konačno, dva lika (otac i pastorka) uspevaju da ubede ...more
This is by far THE best play I have ever read (not that I have read too many to compare it with, but I did plow through a dozen of classical plays -mainly initially written and performed in French- in high school and I still remember, very vividly, how boring and barely engaging they were).

This play is relatively fast and short; the style is not flowery, either. However, despite its fast paced style and succinctness, it is guaranteed to keep the readers cogitating while, and after, reading it.
Abbiamo tutti dentro un mondo di cose; ciascuno un suo mondo di cose! E come possiamo intenderci, signore, se nelle parole ch'io dico metto il senso e il valore delle cose come sono dentro di me; mentre chi le ascolta, inevitabilmente le assume col senso e col valore che hanno per sè, del mondo com'egli l'ha dentro? Crediamo d'intenderci; non c'intendiamo mai!

Esiste la commedia degli equivoci, poi esiste l'equivoco della commedia. O del teatro in senso lato. O se vogliamo estendere il teatro a m
Dhanaraj Rajan
It is an interesting concept and creatively executed to its finesse by Luigi Pirandello.

It is a play in which six abandoned characters (apparently abandoned by another author in the midst of the creative process) go in search of an author to get a LIFE/to become REAL. In their search they come across a drama troupe that is ready to do a rehearsal for a play. The encounter between the characters and the actors form the rest of the play.

Obviously it is a play in which the drama critic of Pirandel
Ganya Ivolgin

تتميز هذه المسرحية لبيراندللو في أنها تعطي صورة للمدرسة التكعيبية ( بيكاسو نموذجا في فن الرسم ) عموما والمسرح خصوصا ..
يقدم بيراندللو مسرحيته بمنظور غير تقليدي ومركب عبارة عن مسرحية ضمن مسرحية فنرى خلطا فيما يعتبر مشاهد حقيقية ومشاهد تمثيلية حيث تدخل ست شخصيات لا أسماﺀ لها متمثلة في أب و أم وأولادهما لبروفة مسرحية أخرى لبيراندللو ويطلبون من المخرج أن يسمح لهم بتمثيل حياتهم معللين بأن المؤلف كتبهم كفكرة من دون نص .. ثم يصطدم آداﺀهم بآراﺀ الممثلين الساخره عموما لما يشاهدونه من محاولات أفراد العائل
Cristina - Athenae Noctua
Che cosa succederebbe se d'improvviso un autore abbandonasse i suoi personaggi, lasciandoli vagare per il mondo senza aver assegnato loro una storia completa? A questo interrogativo cerca di rispondere Luigi Pirandello con il dramma metateatrale per eccellenza.
I really enjoyed this satirical, twisting look at theatre and the nature of reality. The characters each have competing views of the reality of their drama, just as people in real life have differing views of the same event. The play-within-a-play staging sets up a self-referentiality that I found at once thought-provoking and hilarious. A wonderful play that I highly recommend.
I think that this play has the best example of how creativity works. There are ideas (or characters) that seems to come from nowhere and demand to be recognized. I loved this play.
Characteristically Tall

“Oh sir, you know well that life is full of infinite absurdities, which, strangely enough, do not even need to appear plausible, since they are true.”

Absurdity? Lunacy? Whimsicality? Perhaps all this and well, all this not!

This delightful play has a rather unique premise. A set of theatre actors are about to rehearse a play when six “characters” come unannounced and demand that their story be told. They express their utter condescension on being orphaned by their “Author
But for the random, Chekhovian ending, a clever metaplay. Six characters show up at a rehearsal for a different, fictional Pirandello play ("The Game As He Played It," the title of which refers to this play we're watching, since, as one of the characters says, "acting is a game"). The characters demand that since their story is worth telling, worth putting on stage, the director ought to stage it. The characters and the actors quarrel over how to do so, the characters preferring accuracy, faithf ...more
This is an interesting play written in three acts. The entire proceedings take place at a theatre where an acting company have got together to rehearse a play by Pirandello. As is usually the case, this is by-the-book rehearsal when they are interrupted by the arrival of six Characters. These six Characters, you see, are in search of an author because the author who created them was not able to put them on stage. They convince the manager for opportunity to try out their drama. What follows is t ...more
When six characters come to life but are refused by their author, they go looking for another person to write their story down. They barge into a rehearsal session of a Pirandello play and what ensues is a brilliant reflection on the status of characters, actors and authors in literary texts, and more specifically theatre.

'Sei Personaggi' reads like a comedy, is rich in hilarious moments but is in fact a drama. The six characters insist on the fact that their story is a rich drama waiting to be
This absurdist play is dense, but so totally dench. A director and his company are preparing to rehearse the second act of Pirandello’s play Rules of the Game, barely able to get in 5 lines progress out of the rehearsal before the enigmatic Six Characters interrupt and take over as if they’re the descendants of the Ancient Mariner, burdened to the point they have to unburden themselves again and again. A Father, a Mother, their legitimate Son, and the mother’s three children from another marriag ...more
Six Characters in Search of an Author is an interesting exploration into the idea that characters in a work of fiction have some kind of Platonic form that is only imitated or hinted at when actors perform a theatrical work. In some ways it's a deconstruction of a play in that it's more about the writing and performing of a play than it is a play in itself. In the play, six characters from a play that never got written come to visit a theatrical troupe and try to convince the troupe to perform t ...more
Esperaba que me vuele la mente y el único mérito que tiene es la originalidad del asunto pero nada más que eso
من أجمل المسرحيات التي أثارت ضجة ، بداية من عنوانها وهو ست شخصيات تبحث عن مؤلف
وهي فكرة غريبة للغاية ، فهم 6 شخصيات ظهرت علي المسرج فجأة تتحدث إلي مخرج ما ، تطلب منه أن يبحث معها عن مؤلف ليكتب قصتها ، فلقد وجدت هذه الشخصيات الست في الواقع دون أن يكتبهم مؤلف ، ولكي بستمروا في الحياة لابد لهم من مؤلف ليكتب قصتهم ، وإلا لن يظهروا علي المسرح وسوف تنتهي حياتهم قبل أن تبدأ
طبعا الفكرة في حد ذاتها غريبة ، وهي فلسفية للغاية ، وتتيح لك التفكير في فكرة تحديد المصير ، هل الإنسان هو من يحدد مصيره ؟
أم القدر ه
Wissam Mattar
فكرة (خارج الصندوق) عمل قيم وممتع كتب بإتقان وذكاء.
Wejdan Saad
تبدأ قصة المسرحية عندما أراد برانديللو - كعادته - اللجوء للكتابة للتعبير عن مرض زوجته ( الغيرة الأشبه بالشك ) والأزمة التي مرت به في تلك الفترة .. الكتابة هنا كانت حاجة له وليست رغبة - ومن الحاجة تظهر أجمل الأعمال - .. لفترة طويلة استمرت الفكرة والشخصيات التي رسمها في رأسه دون قدرته على تحويلها لقصة ..
هنا لجأ لكتابة هذه المسرحية عن شخصيات تبحث عن مؤلف ..
فكرة العمل الرئيسية هي ( الحقيقة ) .. كيف تتحول في عين كل منا .. وكيف توهمنا الكلمات بنقلها لمقصدنا كما هو لكنها تخفق في ذلك فهي تنقل المعاني ال
I admit it surpassed my expectations. Really mind-boggling and a brilliant way of using absurd characters and a stage which reflects us-humans and the life or the world we live in. We are each inclined to think we are somebody when in fact everybody is nobody. I wouldn't go extreme and say that this is the absolute interpretation of the play, but it is really up to the audience who in the end might turn out to be a collection of characters themselves, set on a stage, for another audience to judg ...more
Valdemar Gomes
Toda a história tem um princípio, meio e fim.
No princípio, estava interessadíssimo pela sinopse, a premissa da história prometia que esta seria fantástica!
Mas, no meio da cena, estava aborrecido de morte e de vez em quando desistia de ler após 2 páginas ou menos. É de tal maneira abominável.
E no fim, só me restou alívio de uma frustação que se acumulou ao longo do livro.
É uma obra pseudo-filosófica na qual se obtém mais entretenimento lendo a sinopse que a obra em si. Assumo que seja uma vergo
SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR. (1921). Luigi Pirandello. ****.
If you read any of the short biographies of Pirandello on the web, you will get an idea of where the plots of some of his plays originated. This play is probably his most popular one, and relatively accessible for the reader. Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936) was born in Sicily in the town now called Agrigento. We have visited there, and were impressed by all of the buildings still standing and in good shape dating from the Greek
Diana Cigher
This book was literally amazing. I was drowned into awesomeness every page. Every word the characters said were intelligent, but in some ways a little bit bizarre. You do not meet every day Characters who escaped of a book, but not only escape, their author set them free. The characters were looking for an author, but they may never find him. They are their own author, they are creating their own life stories. They are damned to repeat their story every day, for an eternity, waiting for an autho ...more
Wegen der historischen Bedeutung für das Theater ist das Buch sicherlich wert gelesen zu werden. Und ich würde es - in einer guten Inszenierung - definitiv auf der Bühne sehen wollen, alleine um zu sehen, was ein Regisseur aus diesem Stoff macht. Als Buch aber? Eine wunderbare Idee, aber ich habe mir viel, viel mehr versprochen. Vielleicht liegt es daran, dass das Buch in einem seltsamen Nimbus ist: zu alt, um zeitgenössisch zu sein, so dass Gedanken, die einmal vielleicht neuartig und revolutio ...more
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“THE FATHER: But don't you see that the whole trouble lies here? In words, words. Each one of us has within him a whole world of things, each man of us his own special world. And how can we ever come to an understanding if I put in the words I utter the sense and value of things as I see them; while you who listen to me must inevitably translate them according to the conception of things each one of you has within himself. We think we understand each other, but we never really do.” 59 likes
“Life is full of strange absurdities, which, strangely enough, do not even need to appear plausible, since they are true.” 27 likes
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