Charles Ponzi - A Dollar and a Scheme by Alessio Bordoni
based on "Charles Ponzi's autobiography"
A multi-media production directed by René Migliaccio, performed by Alessio Bordoni
Collages by India Evans
The 4th Street Theatre, New York, May 28th to June 9th, 2013
This original piece is a journey through the fascinating experiences Italian-born swindler Charles Ponzi had from the day he left his native country for the U.S.A. to the time he achieved fame and prosperity. In 1920, Ponzi found a way to exploit the rules of capitalism and rapidly emerged as one of the wealthiest capitalists in America at the expense of fifty thousand people. The play is an advocacy against the evils of capitalism when in the hands of amoral organizations and /or individuals. It exposes the mindset of a class of society whose primary aim in life is the pursuit of profit.
Alessio Bordoni is an Italian born American actor who performed in numerous productions throughout Europe and in the U.S. Among his favorite roles were that of Marquis des Arcis in Jacques the Fatalist by Diderot, Schlome in If This Is a Man by Primo Levi, Nikolaj Stavrogin in The Demons by Dostoevsky, Dante in Dante's Divina Commedia - Inferno, and King Herod Antipas in Oscar Wilde's Salome. Charles Ponzi - A Dollar and a Scheme is Alessio's debut as a playwright.
New York City's Black Moon Theatre Company was founded in 2001 by Drama-Logue award winning director Rene Migliaccio. Black Moon's productions include Dante's Divina Commedia - Inferno (FringeNYC, Fringe Festival Praha), Kafka's The Metamorphosis (FringeNYC, Philly Fringe, La MaMa, Fringe Festival Praha, Edinburgh Fringe Festival), The Servants of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni (Lincoln Center - Meet the Artists Series), The Bakkhai by Euripides (HERE Arts Center), Oscar Wilde's Salome (The Flea Theater), The Maids by Jean Genet (in collaboration with Kompany Krapp, Norway) and Fear and Misery of the Third Reich by Bertolt Brecht (in collaboration with Compagnie Theatre Artefact, Montreal, Canada). In 2012, Rene Migliaccio founded Compagnie de la Lettre5 in Montreal; Canada. Their last productions were The Imaginary Invalid by Moliere, and The Lower Depths by Gorki. Their next production of Lulu by Franz Wedekind will be performed in Montreal in May 2013.
Black Moon Theatre Company
New York City’s Black Moon Theatre Company was founded in 2001 by Artistic Director Rene Migliaccio and Lori Vincent. Black Moon’s New York productions include Oscar Wilde’s Salome, Dante’s Divinia Commedia – Inferno (FringeNYC, Prague Festival Praha), Kafka’s The Metamorphosis (FringeNYC, Philly Fringe, La MaMa, Prague Fringe, Edinburgh Fringe), Carlo Goldini’s The Servant of Two Masters (Lincoln Center, Meet The Artist Series), Euripides’ The Bakkhai(HERE), and Internationally, the company has been seen in Germany, the UK, Canada, Norway, and the Czech Republic.
Black Moon Theatre Company brings together the mediums of acting, non-Western dance techniques, visual arts, and music with the use of classical texts from Greek tragedies to modern drama and comedy, poetry, and novels. The multi-media work of Black Moon Theatre Company has been described as a "text book example of how to blend live performance and film."
Dedicated to the on-going research and use of "Expressionistic Realism", the Artistic Director Rene Migliaccio's original performance signature style of gesture, mask, and movement, Black Moon Theatre Company believes the audience can be made open to experiencing the performance as a ritual act of purification.
Black Moon Theatre Company collaborates with national and international artists in the exploration of new forms of expression, to challenge the boundaries of gender and cultural differences, and to create a universal language that brings the ethnically diverse audience and artists to a common experience.