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The Nonna Monologues / I monologhi della Nonna

World Premiere

December 6 – 22, 2019
Columbus Centre

Following the success of the Dora Award-nominated show If on a Christmas Night…, Villa Charities proudly presents The Nonna Monologues / I monologhi della Nonna, the new holiday experience created by internationally acclaimed theatre company DopoLavoro Teatrale (DLT) and director Daniele Bartolini.

Italy is a country founded by Nonnas. They are the ones who raised you, who kept the family together and who adopted mystical solutions to cure every ailment. They are the true superheroes of the family unit and deserve to be celebrated.

This new production features two talented performers who regale the audience with their epic Nonna stories and compete for the honour of being voted as the winner of this hilarious ‘Nonna challenge’. Bring your family and friends and enjoy this cozy and convivial theatrical experience with holiday treats.

The Nonna Monologues beautifully weaves heartwarming stories and memories of this special generation of women into an unforgettable show full of laughter, love and the magic of Christmas.

A portion of proceeds from ticket sales will support Villa Charities Foundation.

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Concept and Direction by: Daniele Bartolini
Produced by: Villa Charities Inc.
Written by: Daniele Bartolini with Michele Andrei and the DLT cast
Executive Production and Production Design: DopoLavoro Teatrale
With: Danya Buonastella, Daniele Bartolini and Maddalena Vallecchi Williams


PreviewsWednesday, December 4 at 8:00pm
& Thursday, December 5 at 8:00pm
World PremiereFriday, December 6 at 8:00pm
Performance ScheduleSaturday, December 7 – Sunday, December 22
Tuesday – Saturday at 8:00pm
Sunday at 2:00pm



Watch The Show Video

Watch Feature Segment from Nota Bene con Antonio on Mediaset Italia

Watch Interview with Bruna Di Giuseppe-Bertoni

No performances on Monday, December 9 and Monday, December 16

Tickets for Previews must be purchased in person, by email or by phone only.
By email: rsvp@villacharities.com
By phone:
In person: Columbus Centre
901 Lawrence Ave West, Toronto, ON M6A 1C3
Office Hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

Columbus Room, Columbus Centre
901 Lawrence Ave. West, Toronto, ON

Show Duration: 75 minutes (no intermission)

Suitable for ages 6 and up


PreviewsPay What You Can (Suggested Donation $20)
General AdmissionAdults: $40.00
Children (Ages 6-12): $20.00
Nonnas & Seniors (65+), Students (Ages 13-25) and Artists: $25.00

Photo Gallery

Unique “Nonna” Gifts to Cherish

We have the perfect keepsakes to relive the heartwarming memories of The Nonna Monologues, or for holiday gift-giving! Available to purchase before and after the show!

If you would like to reserve one of these gifts in advance, please contact rsvp@villacharities.com.

#LoveMyNonna Photo Frame
This contemporary metal photo frame holds a 4″ x 6″ photo. Beautifully gift wrapped. Makes a great souvenir or gift. ($12)


I Call My Grandmother Nonna
by Bruna Di Giuseppe-Bertoni
How sad for Franca, who thinks she doesn’t have a grandmother. But Franca soon discovers that many of her kindergarten friends call their grandmothers by different names too! ($15)

About DopoLavoro Teatrale (DLT): DopoLavore Teatrale (DLT) is an international award-winning company founded in 2006 in Florence, Italy by Artistic Director Daniele Bartolini. DLT is dedicate to audience specific theatre, a form of interactive theatre developed by the company. DLT has been presented in Canada, England, Germany, Italy and India. DLT highlights include: The Stranger 2.0: Above and Below (presented with Istituto Italiano di Cultura and Community Sponsor Villa Charities Inc.), If on a Christmas Night… (Villa Charities Inc., Toronto), Leonardo’s Last Supper (Villa Charities Inc., Toronto), Haunted Weather for a Stranger – First Experiment (Barfuss Theater Berlin; Germany), An Italian Christmas Carol (Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto, Canada) The Invisible City (SummerWorks Toronto, Canada), Off Limits Zone (Luminato Festival, Toronto, Canada) Unfinished (Khoj New Dehli, India) Past highlights: The Stranger (presented in Toronto, Canada at SummerWorks Festival, Mumbai at Thespo Festival, Sansepolcro, Italy at Kilowatt Festival, Vancouver, Canada at rEvolver Festival), That Ugly Mess (In the Soil Festival St. Catharines, Canada) Midway Along The Journey of Our Life (Summerworks Toronto, Canada), EveryTimeIStretchMyArm (Natura Dei Teatri, Parma, Italy) K.i.t.e. (International Festival Fabric Europa, Florence, Italy). Daniele Bartolini is a recipient of the RBC Newcomer Art Access Prize and finalist of the Telus Newcomer Artist Award. The Stranger received a nomination for the Critic’s Award “Premio Rete Critica” from the Italian theatre magazine PaneAcquaCulture for the edition at the Kilowatt Festival. DLT is the current resident company at Villa Charities Inc. DLT was recently nominated for Outstanding Performance of an Ensemble at the 2019 Dora Mavor Moore Awards.