Mona & I by Rogerio Correa, Monday 12th June, 7.30pm
In Belle Époque Paris, failed artist Vincenzo Peruggia steals the Mona Lisa from the Louvre, as an act of political protest that would come to be known as “The Greatest Robbery Ever”. But Mona Lisa comes alive and challenges his beliefs and puts Vincenzo at a crossroads: He has to choose between nationalistic terrorism and art.
Set during a time of upheaval that gave birth to our modern world, this is a story about the morals of extremist politics, the role of art and the struggle to become who you really are. All this is shown through the love between a poor immigrant and the most famous painting in the world.
Rogerio Correa has a 30-year career in performing. He finished his M.A. degree in Scriptwriting at Goldsmiths in 2013, having gained a Distinction.
In 2012 he had his first play staged, in Brazil (The Spinning House), having been selected in Banco do Brasil Urgent Drama Competition. The same play was staged in the UK in 2014. Also in 2014 Rogerio had his short play Connected staged at the Theatre503, in London, as part of the event Red Like Embers - Contemporary Voices from Brazil, which he also curated. The same play was staged on the event Pint Sized, in London, in 2017. His first short film Faceless was shot in 2013.