The Italian in Me, a one-woman show following an aspiring actress’ search for “La Dolce Vita,” will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday, March 26th at the Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica.

Written and performed by Dina Morrone, The Italian in Me follows a doe-eyed aspiring actress as she leaves her overbearing, old fashioned grandmother in Canada and moves to Rome.

She quickly learns that the Eternal City is not as “holy” or as romantic as she imagined.

As she pursues her Roman dream, everyday becomes a “sexual obstacle course” filled with perverts, priests and pinches, until when all seems lost, she meets the “Maestro” Federico Fellini at Cinecitta Studios, Morrone says. This chance meeting will forever change her life.

Morrone was named one of the Top Ten Actresses of the Year on ReviewPlays.com’s 2006 Best of the Year list. She has worked in Canada, Italy, and the United States, as an actress, TV host, voice-over talent, and writer. While working in Rome, Morrone says the highlight of her time was a meeting with director Fellini, which subsequently became the inspiration for a portion of this one-woman performance.

The show is directed by Peter Flood. Maarten Cornelis is the technical and artist director as well as the sound and lighting designer. The subject matter is for mature audiences only.

Tickets are $20, with all proceeds benefiting the Santa Monica Playhouse Save the Playhouse Campaign.

Information, (310) 394-9779, or www.SantaMonicaPlayhouse.com/.

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