2019 - 2020 Season

The Decameron

    Synetic Theater presents a digital adaptation of Giovanni Boccaccio’s The Decameron, a collection of novellas written in Italy in response to The Black Plague of 1347-1351. This designed-for-digital production will stream here on our website with pay-what-you-can ticket options starting at $10. Runtime: 3-17 minutes per video, approximately 252 minutes total.

    If you experience any difficulties buying tickets, please contact Synetic@synetictheater.org

    All content will remain available to stream through August 2, so you can watch at your own pace.

    The Decameron is a collection of novellas that celebrates the human impulse to connect through storytelling in a time of despair and isolation. The book is structured as a collection of 100 tales told by a group of young people sheltering in a secluded villa just outside Florence to escape the epidemic. The tales the group tells each other in The Decameron range from life lessons and tongue-in-cheek commentary, to erotic and tragic love stories.

    In this virtual play, artists are adapting one story each remotely while being mentored by other Synetic company members and artistic leadership to prepare the work for streaming.

    As we prepare for our 20th Anniversary Season this fall, The Decameron has united Synetic veterans, founding company members, and new performers, ensuring this virtual collaborative work will reflect our 20-year theatrical history that has now spread around the globe.

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    “In the face of the Black Death, the pandemic that ravaged 14th-century Europe, Giovanni Boccaccio wrote at the time, “all the wisdom and ingenuity of man were unavailing.” Well, maybe not all: Boccaccio’s masterpiece “The Decameron” imagines 10 young people fleeing the plague-swept city of Florence for the relative safety of the countryside, where their pastimes include telling 100 stories, including innuendo-threaded romps, moral parables and tragic romances.

    Almost 700 years later, in the throes of another pandemic, Synetic Theater is turning “The Decameron” into a designed-for-digital production. More than 30 Synetic-affiliated artists, including alumni, have been working remotely on the project, which will begin streaming on June 10 with pay-what-you-can tickets. Paralleling Boccaccio’s framing device, which depicts 10 days of storytelling, Synetic’s plan is to release 30-odd stories, adapted from Boccaccio’s originals...” Read more at Washington Post.com!

    “The Decameron basically is designed for community, it’s meant for community,” says PaataTsikurishvili. “I have to say I’m amazed how creative minds can really push the boundaries. There are so many different styles and genres [and] such amazing works.”

    For nearly two decades now, Synetic, the theater company Tsikurishvili founded with his wife Irini, has helped shake up the Washington theater scene with its visually oriented, physical theater-based reimaginings of classic works, particularly those in its revolutionary Silent Shakespeare series — and earned 32 Helen Hayes Awards in the process…” Read more at MetroWeekly.com.



    The creators of The Decameron includes Dylan Arrendondo, Janine Baumgardner, Thomas Beheler, Justin Bell, Scott Brown, Kat Cárdenas-Cruz, Joe Carlson, Ben Cunis, Katherine DuBois, Anne Flowers, Will Hayes, Dan Istrate, Francesca Jandasek, Mandi Lee, Renata Loman, Joshua Lucas, Jackie Madejski, Joseph McAlonan, Marissa Molnar, Da’Von Moody, Karen Morales-Chacana, Alex Mills, Maryam Najafzada, Catherine Nunez, Valentina Palladino, Chris Rushing, Ryan Sellers, Raymond Simeon, Maria Simpkins, Rachael Small, Nusa Tediashvili, Chelsea Thaler, Dallas Tolentino, Victoria Tolentino, Scott Turner, Elena Velasco, and Emily Whitworth, each creating the story they perform under the mentorship of a veteran company member.