Arts & Entertainment

A Flower of the Lips

A true story about writer Valentino Musico’s great-grandfather during WWI in Calabria, Italy. A Flower of the Lips is a biographic truth involving a moral question – where Bruno Aloi, a local government official and family man, is torn when he finds out the army deserters he is assisting the police to arrest are indeed his relatives.

Using Italian State Archives for research, Musico has created a unique play which engages with everyone on some level. Director Ira Hal Seidenstein, who has worked with Musico three times prior to this, says that it is an important story to tell as it deals foremost with a moral dilemma, something that everyone faces in their life.

Seidenstein also describes A Flower of the Lips as a requiem to the dead; the story of a man who was murdered, and whose murder was never properly investigated, highlighting the importance of everyone through this story and saying that “every life is sacred”. How do you adjust when your responsibility clashes with the loyalty you have to people you are close to? (ASha)

Oct 6–24, Tues–Sat 7:30pm. King Street Theatre, Cnr King & Bray Streets, Newtown. $28-$35. Tickets:




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