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The Nonna Monologues / I monologhi della Nonna

“The Nonna Monologues” Returns! 

The show about our love for Nonnas has been reimagined as a digital short

Following the sold-out run in 2019, Villa Charities is proud to present a special adaptation of their hit theatrical production “The Nonna Monologues” as a digital short by Artists in Residence DopoLavoro Teatrale (DLT).

Director Daniele Bartolini along with Danya Buonastella and Maddalena Vallecchi Williams have reunited to bring the popular show back as a new digital short for families to share and enjoy together during the holiday season.

This new adaptation recreates scenes from last year’s production about Christmas with our Nonnas. A love letter of sorts, “The Nonna Monologues – A Digital Short” beautifully weaves heartwarming stories and memories of this special generation of women into an unforgettable experience filled with song, dance and holiday cheer.

Audiences have shared their praise for this holiday show and now you can enjoy this delightful production for the first time or experience it again with the new digital adaptation! Whether we’re in the same city, across the country or on the other side of the globe, “The Nonna Monologues – A Digital Short” is the perfect way to spend some holiday time together, even when we’re apart.

The show is performed in English and Italian. Suitable for ages 6 and up.





About Villa Charities Inc.
Villa Charities Inc. (VCI), is a registered charity and non-profit organization that enriches lives through experiences and services that honour Italian culture and heritage. For almost 50 years across the GTA, Villa Charities has provided cultural and educational programs and supported culturally sensitive long-term care and independent living apartments for seniors. VCI fulfills their mandate through a broad range of activities, services and facilities, both directly and in conjunction with its affiliates and independent organizations. Affiliates include Columbus Centre and Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery; Villa Colombo Homes for the Aged Inc. in Toronto; Villa Colombo Seniors Centre (Vaughan) Inc. Di Poce Centre; and Italian Canadian Benevolent Seniors Apartments Corporation/Casa Abruzzo Benevolent Corporation with apartments for independent seniors (Caboto Terrace, Casa Del Zotto and Casa Abruzzo). Each of these organizations is an integral part of the Villa Charities family with separate legal status and its own governance Board. For more information visit villacharities.com

About DopoLavoro Teatrale
DopoLavoro Teatrale (DLT) is an international award-winning company founded in 2006 in Florence, Italy by Artistic Director Daniele Bartolini. DLT is dedicated 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), and 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 nominated for Outstanding Performance of an Ensemble at the 2019 Dora Mavor Moore Awards. The production of The Stranger 2.0 was nominated as Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Production at the 2020 Dora Mavor Moore Awards. DLT presented a new one-on-one creation at the Venice Biennale International Theatre Festival titled The Right Way. dltexperience.com

Daniele Bartolini

Daniele Bartolini is a director, writer, curator and theatre deviser who immigrated to Canada from Italy in 2015. He is the artistic director of Toronto-based company DopoLavoro Teatrale (DLT) and also works as a solo artist. His practice focuses on what he calls audience-specific theatre. He often designs experiences where the audience is led in the exploration of the urban landscape, encountering performers emerging from the crowded streets. Daniele is the creator of the internationally acclaimed urban immersive show The Stranger. His work has been presented in Canada, India, England, Germany and Italy. Daniele’s show The Stranger 2.0: Above and Below has been nominated for two Dora Mavor Moore Awards as Outstanding Production and Outstanding Direction. He is a recipient of the RBC Newcomer Prize and was a finalist of the Telus Newcomer Artist Award. Daniele’s new one-on-one performance The Right Way, will premiere at the Venice Biennale on occasion of its 48th International Theatre Festival in September 2020. He conceived a collection of urgent artistic responses to the pandemic through a variety of art forms titled We Were, We Are, We Will Be, a co-presentation of SummerWorks and Canadian Stage. The project is co-curated with Toronto-based producer and poet Luke Reece with whom he found a new curatorial entity, in response to the current times, called Mixtape Curations.

Danya Buonastella

Danya Buonastella is a Dora-nominated actor and graduate of École Philippe Gaulier (Paris, France) and Humber Theatre Performances Program (Toronto). She has been a core member of DopoLavoro Teatrale (DLT) since 2013 and co-created, co-produced and performed in a number of their productions. Danya’s recent highlights include: Midway Along The Journey of Our Life (Summerworks, 2013), The Last Seven Steps of Bartholomew S. (Bata Shoe Museum, 2014), The Stranger (Summerworks 2014, 2015, international tour 2016), Off Limits Zone (Luminato Festival, Toronto, 2016), If on a Christmas Night (Villa Charities Inc., 2018), The Stranger 2.0 (Istituto Italiano di Cultura and Villa Charities Inc., 2018). Danya is currently creating a series of interactive performances accessible to young audiences that blend art history and theatre. She is delighted to be back for our second holiday show, The Nonna Monologues.

Maddalena Vallecchi Williams
Maddalena Vallecchi Williams is a bilingual Italian-Canadian actor and producer, born in Toronto and raised in Rome, Italy. She is a graduate of the Acting Program at The National Theatre School of Canada (NTS). Maddalena wrote, starred and produced the teaser for her web-series, La Professoressa –  in development – which was selected for the Shorts Program of the 2019 Italian Contemporary Film Festival (ICFF) in Toronto. Maddalena is currently working on the development of the play The Spectators’ Odyssey, produced by TO Live and DLT and directed by Daniele Bartolini in Toronto. Maddalena also works with filmmaker Bruce McDonald and his production company, developing feature films and TV series.

Selected Theatre credits: The Right Way (Venice Biennale 2020/DLT/Stazione Utopia), The Right Way – II Digital (Festival dello Spettatore/DLT/Stazione Utopia), The Nonna Monologues (DopoLavoro Teatrale/Villa Charities Inc.), Cassius in CAESAR (Wolf Manor Theatre Collective), Lanolin in The Listening Room (NTS), Gertrude in Hamlet (NTS), Sasha in Orlando (NTS).

Selected TV/ Film credits: Sailor (Silent Tower), For Honor (Ubisoft), Sweet Affliction (Jess Lee), Ashram ’69 (Triple 7 Productions), Cinderella (RAI – Italian Television).