Returning to our first project is like reminiscing about your first kiss. The feeling was fresh, new, and between innocence and curiosity, your heart couldn’t feel more settled that this first kiss was yours to keep. The script was raw, the cast was young, the crew even more, and breaking even was something only one could dream for. On April 15, 2005, Project Italy had its world premiere at the Gene Bua: Acting For Life Theatre! It was independently produced, it was raw, and experimental. It was ours to share, and it felt good. Since then, we’ve never turned back.
Today, I write to continue that same feeling. Project Italy was an experience to enjoy. To let it fade out on curtain couldn’t really mean the end. And so, I wrote. We wrote. Stefanie and I couldn’t stop collaborating. While we were producing more shows around NoHo, in 99 seat theaters, the next story turned into episodes, books, and at last, as the epic. They were unpublished, almost produced, but the stories were always calling us to keep writing. Revisions turned to rewrites, weeks turned to months, and after a year or so, we took the liberty to write a brand new version of the whole epic.
From page one, we revamped the characters, we beat them up, and tasted every tear, every love, and every ounce of blood those spiral bound pages flipped for, each character gained a new scar, a precious moment, a depth that would make Dean Koontz proud. Ink-filled were our hands, and we couldn’t be anymore happy. And since, we have only released the story to the public every other year, on stage, on page, and any media possible for a limited time.
WATCH ACT I OF PROJECT ITALY @ Gene Bua Theatre