PARIS — On Saturday, July 30, Celebration Barn Theater will present Matt Wilson’s “Great One-Man Commedia Epic.”

In “The Great One-Man Commedia Epic,” actor/writer/director Matthew R. Wilson single-handedly brings to life the entire cast of 10 characters drawn from the historical Commedia dell’Arte. The story is the classic story of Italian Renaissance comedy: Young lovers have their lives thrown into chaos as their wedding plans are threatened by squabbling fathers, boasting war heroes, and a host of well-meaning but dim-witted servants. The entire town is drawn to the brink of tragedy before love prevails, normalcy is restored, and comedy triumphs.

“The Great One-Man Commedia Epic”—originally commissioned in 2004 for Italy’s 20th Annual Stage Internazionale—has toured theaters, festivals, and schools throughout the States and Europe, including performances in New York City, London, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

A treat for avant-garde theatre fans, scholars of dramatic history, and the fun-loving child in all of us, this remarkable event is sure to please anyone who wants to see how modern comedy began 500 years ago as well as those who are looking for laughs today.

Tickets to see Matt Wilson’s “Great One-Man Commedia Epic” at 8:00 PM on Saturday, July 30 are available for $14 for adults, $12 for seniors (60+), and $8 for kids (17 and under). All tickets are general admission; members receive priority seating. Lobby and concessions open at 7:00 PM. Purchasing tickets in advance is strongly recommended.

To purchase tickets or find more information, visit or call the Barn’s box office at (207) 743-8452. Celebration Barn Theater is located just off Route 117 at 190 Stock Farm Road in South Paris, Maine.

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