Sunday, December 2, 2007 – Hollywood Pirandello
In 1921 Pirandello wrote "Six Characters in Search of an Author" (Sei personaggi in cerca d'autore) – his most famous play, perhaps the first exercise in meta-theatre but also presenting larger questions having to do with defining existence and the responsibilities inherent in creativity. Or maybe it was a joke.
Character do, however, sometimes just float free of their narrative. The author is long gone. They float around without a story any longer, working the tourists in front of the Kodak Theater on Hollywood Boulevard. Pirandello was born into an upper-class family in a Sicilian village with the curious name of Caos (Chaos) and died in 1936 – he would smile.