Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron, a 14th-century Italian masterpiece, tells the story of a group of ten young people who flee plague-stricken Florence to isolate themselves in a country villa. To pass the time, they tell stories of love, wit, and tragedy, exploring themes of human nature, morality, and the power of love and connection. This timeless work connects directly to the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent lockdown of 2020, as it explores similar themes of isolation, the human response to crisis, and the transformative power of narratives in times of adversity. Boccaccio’s tales offer a window into the resilience and creativity of the human spirit when faced with the challenges of a pandemic.
Imagine an enchanting summer evening at The Spruces in Williamstown, MA. As dusk falls, the park transforms into an immersive theatrical setting — the Italian countryside depicted in Boccaccio’s Decameron. As the audience gathers at sunset, they are transported to the hills of Tuscany, their senses tantalized by beautiful music, beautiful people, and the beauty of nature. Authentic Italian food and drink, carefully curated to transport the senses to 14th-century Italy, are served throughout the performance. The air is filled with anticipation as the stories of Boccaccio’s characters come to life, capturing the essence of their struggles, triumphs, and quest for joy. This immersive experience takes us on a captivating and emotional journey, reminding us of the resilience of the human spirit and the universality of our shared experiences. It invites the audience to escape the confines of their everyday lives and immerse themselves in the richness of Italian culture, fostering a renewed sense of connection and a celebration of the power of art. This ten-night extravaganza offers a unique and unforgettable experience, inviting the audience to step into the world of the Decameron and witness the timeless power of storytelling firsthand.
About Margo Neely
Margo Neely is a polymath whose interdisciplinary work has been celebrated for its innovation and bold creative vision. With a background in art, philosophy, and technology, she is best known and as the multi-hyphenate creator of the award winning television series Ladies Revenge Club (“Best of the Fest” and “Best Short” winner at New York Comic Con/New York Super Week), the creator of the “Rosie Unriveted: We Can’t Do It Anymore!” campaign, and the visionary behind the Neely Air mi adidas custom concept — the megaviral drum machine shoe seen and loved by over 6 billion people worldwide.
Margo’s creative-technological innovations have earned her a reputation as a pioneer in the world of digital art, and she is frequently invited by media outlets around the globe to share her insights and expertise. Her work continues to push the boundaries of what is possible in the realm of art and technology, and she remains committed to using her talents to explore new frontiers while inspiring others to do the same.
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