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Original Theatrical Production “Leonardo’s Last Supper” World Premiere at Columbus Centre

Toronto’s immersive theatrical and dining experience inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece

TORONTO – February 26, 2019 – Following the success of “If on a Christmas Night…”, Villa Charities will present “Leonardo’s Last Supper,” a new interactive show created by internationally acclaimed theatre company DopoLavoro Teatrale (DLT), in collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto. A limited engagement of this production will run between April 11 – 18, 2019, with a preview performance on April 10, 2019. Tickets to the show are on sale now.

Written, performed and directed by Daniele Bartolini, the performance will be held at a secret and unexpected location in the Columbus Centre. “Leonardo’s Last Supper” is half-theatrical presentation and half-immersive dining experience inspired by the masterpiece of Leonardo da Vinci, in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of his death.

“Daniele Bartolini once again brings his unique vision of interactive theatre to the Columbus Centre,” said Emanuele Lepri, Executive Director, Cultural Programming, Villa Charities Inc. “With his production, he will create an intimate and memorable experience while unlocking the mysteries of one of the most discussed, copied and interpreted paintings in the history of art.”

The show is designed for only twelve guests at each performance and features interactive storytelling and role playing that involves the audience in the making of the play as it unfolds. Giving participants choices about the development of the narrative and presenting multiple potential outcomes, this compelling theatrical event intertwines a modern story with anecdotes about Leonardo’s life.

“This show is about many passions of mine, the love for visual art, the love for cooking and the love for the audience. I will personally be cooking during the performance, creating before the eyes of the spectators an interactive and multi-sensory experience.”

According to Bartolini, the show is not only a performance, but an immersive dining experience with an impactful storyline filled with surprises and warm interactions.

A portion of proceeds from ticket sales will help support Villa Charities Foundation in its mission to provide funding for culturally sensitive senior care, as well as educational and cultural programs in music, dance and visual arts.

Preview: Wednesday, April 10 at 7:00pm
World Premiere: Thursday, April 11 at 7:00pm

Performance Schedule:
Friday, April 12 – Thursday, April 18 at 7:00pm
Sunday, April 14 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm
*No Performance on Monday, April 15

Location: Columbus Centre
901 Lawrence Ave. West, Toronto, ON

Duration: Approximately two hours including dinner
*Suitable for ages 14 and older

Written, Directed and Performed by Daniele Bartolini
Artistic and gastronomic consultation by Michele Andrei
Presented by Villa Charities Inc.

Preview: Pay what you can (suggested donation $20.00)
General Admission: Adults: $80.00 (the ticket includes a theatrical performance and a dinner with antipasto, one main course, dessert and wine).
Seniors, Students (14 – 25) and Artists: $60.00

For more information and to buy tickets for “Leonardo’s Last Supper” visit villacharities.com/lastsupper or call 416-789-7011 ext. 250.

About Villa Charities Inc.
Villa Charities Inc. is a registered charity and non-profit organization that celebrates and promotes the Italian Heritage, Culture, Language, Arts, Food and Family Values. For almost 50 years across the GTA, Villa Charities has provided culturally sensitive long-term care for seniors and offered educational and cultural programs in music, dance, visual arts, culinary arts, athletics and more. The Villa Charities family includes Villa Colombo Homes for the Aged Inc. in Toronto; Villa Colombo Services for Seniors (Vaughan) Inc./Di Poce Centre; Caboto Terrace, Casa Del Zotto and Casa Abruzzo apartments for independent seniors; the Columbus Centre; and Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery. For more information, visit villacharities.com

About Daniele Bartolini
An award-winning director, playwright, producer, installation artist and performer, Daniele Bartolini was born in Florence, Italy and is now based in Toronto, Canada. He is the Artistic Director of DopoLavoro Teatrale (DLT) and his creations have been presented in Canada, England, Germany, Italy and India.Daniele’s recent highlights include: If on a Christmas Night… (Villa Charities/Columbus Centre), Haunted Weather for a Stranger – First Experiment (Barfuss Theater Berlin, Germany), An Italian Christmas Carol (Istituto Italiano di Cultura), The Invisible City (SummerWorks), Off Limits Zone (Luminato Festival) and Unfinished (Khoj, India). Daniele 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. Daniele Bartolini and DLT are the Artists in Residence at Villa Charities Inc.

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For more information, please contact:

Jessica Patriquin
416-640-5525 Ext. 230

Kathleen Sloan, CM
Director, Marketing and Communications
Villa Charities
416-789-7011 Ext. 309

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