Shaw Fest July - The Light in the Piazza

The Light in the Piazza is a glorious musical story set in Italy in the summer of 1953. Margaret is touring the Tuscan countryside with her daughter, Clara. While sightseeing, Clara has a chance encounter with Fabrizio, a handsome Florentine, and they fall in love. Margaret tries to keep them apart to protect her daughter, who isn’t what she seems. But the romance of Italy is powerful, and it slowly transforms them all.

What begins like a conventional love story turns into something much more complicated. Years ago, Clara, we learn, suffered head trauma that has impaired her mental maturity. Despite Margaret’s attempt to steer her daughter away from the boy and towards the splendors of gorgeous Florence, Clara and Fabrizio reunite. Fabrizio’s family is extremely welcoming, but they, like Margaret, are cautious. With Clara and Fabrizio’s romance speeding towards marriage, Margaret must make a very difficult choice. Will she allow her daughter the happiness of young love, or will she do the responsible thing and break the couple up forever? Margaret struggles to do what is right, but does the answer lie in her head or her heart? Love, as she learns, is a foreign land in which everyone is a stranger.

Includes daytime showings in July on July 14th, 16th, and 25th at 2pm (14h00)


Courthouse Theatre
26 Queen St