Accademia dell’ Arte presents “Art for Sale”


The Tut’Zanni Ensemble will perform its commedia dell’ arte show Art for Sale at an event Friday, September 28 at Argenta Community Theatre. The event is hosted by Amici dell’Arte (“Friends of the Arts”), an auxiliary group for Accademia dell’ Arte, a study-abroad performing arts school in Arezzo, Italy, founded by Little Rock native Dr. Scott McGehee.

Tut’Zanni’s primary inspiration is traditional Italian street theatre called Commedia dell’Arte. This “people’s theatre” is combined with other forms of physical theatre such as clown, mask, music, puppetry, storytelling and visual arts. “We strive to expand the views of not only what theatre can be but also what people can be,” says Tut’Zanni co-founder and Fayetteville, Arkansas native Dory Ford Sibley. “Also, it’s just plain fun for us and the audience.”

Art for Sale premiered at the CrisisArt Festival in Tuscany this summer and most recently was part of the New York International Fringe Festival.

Tut’Zanni is made up of six artists who met in 2006 while studying physical theatre at Accademia dell’Arte. “We are thrilled to bring our show to Little Rock where so many supporters of the Accademia live,” says Sibley. Other members of the ensemble include co-founder Ali Landvatter, Patrick Berger, Allegra Libonati, Liam Mulshine and Molly Tomhave.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception featuring Italian food and wines; the performance is at 7:30 p.m., followed by Italian desserts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets for the event are $50 per person and may be purchased by phone at (501) 663-7836 or by email at