Saturday, March 21, 2015

On Enzo Condello

Enzo Condello is a poet/playwright. He migrated to Melbourne, Australia at five years of age. Enzo attended Fitzroy High in Melbourne, Australia and LaTrobe University, studying Literature and philosophy, and he went on to become a teacher. He has had poems published in several literary journals and writes blank verse plays. He has had five productions of several of his dramas and one videoed play, Nero and the Tragedy of Seneca (‘Condello is Shakespearean in stature and scope’ Australian Stage, reviews online) can be viewed on YouTube. Shakespeare and the Dark Lady of the Sonnets (‘Condello’s writing is skillful enough to stand with Shakespeare’s'The Age, 4 reviews online) has had three productions and was on the Victorian high schools yr. 12 Literature syllabus and was taught in high school in Missouri, US—it is also currently being studied at a university in Iran. The play will soon be receiving a season off-Broadway, New York City. The Tragedy of Lucrece (‘Condello takes up where Shakespeare left off,’Brenda Addie, Melbourne Uni.  reviews online) was staged in 2013.

Other new productions of his plays forthcoming are Savaronolathe Incorruptible, The Tragedy of Ned Kelly,  King Lear's Greek Holiday, a comedy and other plays. He has also half finished a long mini-epic poem The Wasteland Revisited,Post 1922,  influenced by a  loose combination of  T.S.Eliot’s poem and Dante’s Divine Comedy taking place in the present.

Enzo’s intention is to revive epic poetry and blank verse dramamodern, new and updatedto suit the present, utilizing the power of poetry in world  literature. ‘I am honoured to become acquainted with Condello’s art’Les Murray, poet


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