The Light in the Piazza

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Pub Date: 11/01/2005

Pages: 128

Publisher: Theatre Communications Group

Imprint: Theatre Communications Group

ISBN 13: 9781559362672

ISBN 10: 1559362677

Price: $14.95 / $19.99 CAN

Category: DRAMA / American / General

The Light in the Piazza

By Craig Lucas, Adam Guettel

Price: $14.95



About the Book

Winner of six Tony Awards

“A wondrous fable that is as simple and complicated as its ineffable subject—love. The Light in the Piazza has ravishing power. It’s as if Guettel were determined to capture the golden light of Tuscany in a bottle. His lyrics are remarkable, and the book, written by Craig Lucas, is written with characteristic empathy and humor. Brilliant.” –Frank Rich

“The Light in the Piazza beautifully captures the eternal allure of Italy. . . . The story wraps itself around your heart.”—Chicago Sun-Times

“Sumptuous and romantic. Guettel’s music and lyrics represent a genuine expense of spirit. The Light in the Piazza offers a complex contemplation of the well-defended emptiness of every man and woman. It doesn’t want theatergoers to feel good; it wants to make them feel deeply. And it does.” –New Yorker

Composer Adam Guettel, best known for his Floyd Collins, has teamed with Prelude to a Kiss playwright Craig Lucas to create a passionate and soaring new musical. Based on Elizabeth Spencer’s 1960 novella, The Light in the Piazza is the story of a young American woman whose chance encounter with a charming young Italian man in a Florentine piazza sets off a whirlwind romance, with an unsettling revelation.

Craig Lucas is a playwright, screenwriter and director. His plays include Prelude to a Kiss, Reckless, Blue Window, God’s Heart, The Singing Forest and Small Tragedy. His screenplays include Longtime Companion, The Secret Lives of Dentists and The Dying Gaul, which he also directed. Mr. Lucas’ awards include the L.A. Drama Critics Award, an OBIE Award for Best Play and Best Director, and the Excellence in Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Adam Guettel is a composer/lyricist living in Seattle, where he is Artist in Residence at the Intiman Theatre. His other work includes Floyd Collins and Saturn Returns (recorded by Nonesuch Records as Myths and Hymns). Mr. Guettel’s awards include the Stephen Sondheim Award, the ASCAP New Horizons Award, and the American Composers Orchestra Award.

About the Book

The bittersweet, award-winning Broadway musical by Craig Lucas and Adam Guettel.


Craig Lucas is a playwright, screenwriter and director of both theater and film. His plays include Prayer for My Enemy, Small Tragedy, Three Postcards, Missing Persons, Prelude to a Kiss, God’s Heart, The Dying Gaul, Stranger, The Singing Forest, and Ode To Joy, among others. He wrote the book for the musicals The Light in the Piazza, Two Boys, Orpheus in Love, and Amélie. Lucas's screenplays include Longtime Companion, The Secret Lives of Dentists, Reckless, Blue Window, Prelude to a Kiss, and The Dying Gaul. He has directed the plays The Light in the Piazza, This Thing of Darkness (coauthored with David Schulner), Saved Or Destroyed, Play Yourself, Ode to Joy; and the films The Dying Gaul and Birds of America. Lucas has been a Pulitzer Prize finalist, won three Obie awards, and received three Tony nominations. He is the recipient of the Excellence in Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters.