Free Theatrical Performance of “Pinocchio, the Story of a Puppet” Celebrates the Classic Italian Children’s Story

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Performance in Conjunction with the 40th Anniversary of the Chicago-Milan Sister City Relationship and the “Year of Italian Culture in the United States”


CHICAGO (February 28, 2013) – Pinocchio, the Story of a Puppet  brings the classic children’s story alive by combining literature, theatre, dance and music. It truly represents the essence of ‘made in Italy,’ starting from the most celebrated Italian ‘piece of wood’ through the story of the timeless work of a wood carver that teaches beauty and truth.


The Milan Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International and the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago are proud to present Pinocchio, the Story of a Puppet , on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 6 p.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center’s Claudia Cassidy Theater (77 E. Randolph Street, 2nd Floor). The 90 minute performance will be performed in Italian with projected English supertitles.

The performance is free and open to the public; seating is available on a first come, first served basis; RSVP at or 312-201-4526.


Pinocchio, the Story of a Puppet is performed and directed by Massimiliano Finazzer Flory, choreographed and danced by Michela Lucenti and Emanuela Serra, with piano music from Nino Rota and Fiorenzo Carpi performed by Gianluca Pezzino. It is presented in collaboration with Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Fondazione Nazionale Carlo Collodi, Beretta, Lottomatica Group, Regione Toscana, ENI, and Intesa San Paolo.

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The Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago

The Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago is the cultural office of the Consulate General of Italy in Chicago. Founded in 1985, the Institute is one of five cultural agencies of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the United States. The Institute serves as a convenient source for information about Italian life and culture that showcases Italy’s classic and contemporary heritage with particular reference to art, music, cinema, design, architecture, language, science and technology.


Chicago Sister Cities International

Chicago Sister Cities International provides leadership to develop, manage and coordinate comprehensive programs and projects with Chicago’s sister cities. It aims to increase international trade, promote economic development and support exchanges in the fields of arts and culture, education, health, social services, environment and technology with its sister cities for the benefit of the City of Chicago, its residents and businesses.

Chicago’s 28 sister cities include: Accra, Ghana (1989); Amman, Jordan (2004); Athens, Greece (1997); Belgrade, Serbia (2005); Birmingham, United Kingdom (1993); Bogota, Colombia (2009); Busan, Republic of Korea (2007); Casablanca, Morocco (1982); Delhi, India (2001); Durban, South Africa (1997); Galway, Ireland (1997); Gothenburg, Sweden (1987); Hamburg, Germany (1994); Kyiv, Ukraine (1991); Lahore, Pakistan (2007); Lucerne, Switzerland (1998); Mexico City, Mexico (1991); Milan, Italy (1973); Moscow, Russia (1997); Osaka, Japan (1973); Paris, France (1996); Petach Tikva, Israel (1994); Prague, Czech Republic (1990); Shanghai, China (1985); Shenyang, China (1985); Toronto, Canada (1991); Vilnius, Lithuania (1993); and Warsaw, Poland (1960).

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