TFA Presents Mississippi Pinocchio Beginning Tonight

Posted: March 13, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Pinocchio, C. Collodi’s international classic of childhood literature, was written and first published in Tuscany in 1881. Translations of the famed story have appeared in more than 200 languages and dialects. Although the character of Pinocchio and the adventures of the naughty puppet in search of boyhood remain familiar, the book is richer than people remember.

Mississippi Pinocchio, created by Mary Hall Surface and David Maddox, is a musical adaptation of Pinocchio, interpreted in the true spirit of Collodi’s original. This version is presented at Theater of the First Amendment, George Mason’s professional company in residence at the Center for the Arts. The play opens tonight and runs through April 7.

Pinocchio is an exciting candidate for a new adaptation,” says Surface, “It is rich in characters, magic and meaning. Adults are familiar with the basic story but can be captivated by the unexpected depth of the original.”

Collodi’s harsh and real world, filled with poverty and injustice is often glossed over in modern retellings of the story. Surface and Maddox present the characters’ journey from powerlessness as a metaphor for growing up: kids can see themselves and their complex emotional lives in Pinocchio’s maturation.

Mississippi Pinocchio performances run in TheaterSpace on the ground floor of the Performing Arts building at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. on Saturdays, and 1 and 4 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $25 and $20, with half-price tickets available for children 12 and under. Charge by phone at (703) 218-6500 or visit

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