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LIU Brooklyn Theatre Professor Directs and Choreographs “Waiting for Pessoa,” part of the 2013 New York International Fringe Festival


Fatima Kafele,Deputy Director of Public Relations
LIU Brooklyn,
Long Island University

LIU Brooklyn Theatre Professor Directs and Choreographs  “Waiting for Pessoa,” part of the 2013 New York International Fringe FestivalBrooklyn, N.Y. – Is death a dream? Is life a dream? These questions will be explored in the new upcoming production “Waiting for Pessoa,” by Eileen Fischer and directed and choreographed by John Sannuto, associate professor of theatre and speech and the theatre program coordinator at LIU Brooklyn. The one-act play, loosely based on “The Mariner,” an experimental script by the great Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa, will be presented as part of the 2013 New York International Fringe Festival.

On stage, three people watch and wait by a coffin by the sea. What are they waiting for? What is anyone waiting for?  “Waiting for Pessoa” will run on select dates, August 9 through August 23 at the Teatro LATEA in New York City.

The New York International Fringe Festival is the largest multi-arts festival in North America, with more than 200 companies from all over the world performing for 16 days in more than 20 venues. For more information about the play, visit For information about the festival, visit

JOHN SANNUTO is an actor, singer, dancer and director. For more than 40 years he has worked with the Ryan Repertory Company. His most recent credits include, Emperor Hadrian in “Antinous” by Amelia Arenas, Harry Warren in “Introducing Harry Warren: The Tin Pan Alley Years” by Julia Riva, Madame de Montreuil in Yukio Mishima’s “Madame De Sade,” Al Jolson in James Racheff and Ted Kociolek’s “Jolson: A Vaudeville” and Oscar Wilde in Eileen Fischer’s “The Perfect Medium.” A graduate of Brooklyn College, he holds an M.A. and D.A. from New York University.

LIU Brooklyn is distinguished by…
dynamic curricula reflecting the great urban community it serves. Distinctive programs encompass the arts and media, the natural sciences, business, social policy, urban education, the health professions and pharmacy, and include the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics, the D.P.T. in Physical Therapy and the Pharm.D. in Pharmacy. A vibrant urban oasis in downtown Brooklyn, this diverse and thriving campus offers academic excellence, personalized attention, small class size and flexible course schedules. In 2006, a $45-million Steinberg Wellness Center was opened to serve the Campus and the surrounding community. In 2007, the Cyber Café was launched, providing a high-tech hot spot for students and faculty members to meet and eat.

Posted 07/29/2013

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