EDGARDO, or WHITE FIRE
A New Play by Carey Perloff
Inspired by the true story of Edgardo Mortara, a seven-year-old Jewish boy in 1858 Bologna who was abducted by the Pope because he had supposedly been baptized, EDGARDO, or WHITE FIRE is a memory play with music told from the point of view of an 88-year-old man reckoning with his past and his identity. EDGARDO, or WHITE FIRE explores the traumatic effects of childhood separation and of losing one's family and one's religion in the context of tumultuous political and social change.
Moritz Daniel Oppenheim, The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara. Photo: Sotheby's.