• Tanghalan Aurelio Tolentino - Cultural Center of the Philippines (map)
  • CCP Ramp
  • Pasay, NCR
  • Philippines


TITLE: Being Leonardo da Vinci, an impossible interview.

TICKETS RESERVATION: CCP Box Office at 8-832-37-04, TicketWorld at 8-891-9999, PIA at (+632) 8-815-1310 / philippineitalianassociation@gmail.com

TICKETS PRICE: 1000P Orchestra Center, 800P Orchestra Sides. Discounts: 50% students, 20% seniors and PWD


SPONSORS: Hotel Jen Manila by Shangri-La, L’Opera, EastWest Priority Bank.

OTHER SPONSORS: Ralph’s, Casa del Formaggio, Candid coffee


The show is Leonardo’s true life portrayed on stage. Discovering the story behind Leonardo, the painter, the scientist, the inventor. His authentic language, his secrets, methods of working, his passions.

Renowned Italian director and actor Massimiliano Finazzer Flory's latest project brings the immensely multi-talented Leonardo da Vinci to life on the stage. Being Leonardo da Vinci is a one-act play, which uses theater to present the Italian genius' true life, art history and science. Through the format of an impossible interview, Finazzer Flory "physically" becomes Leonardo. Dressed in period costumes and wearing make-up which reconstructs da Vinci's face, he performs in Renaissance language original texts written by Leonardo himself, among which is the famous "Trattato di pittura" (Painting Treaties). Finazzer Flory's Leonardo answers questions about his childhood, his civil and military activities, and how to become a "good painter" (bono pittore), and about the relationship between Painting and Science, Painting and Sculpture, Painting and Music. He comments on "The Last Supper" and the figures of the apostles, replies to his enemies' attacks, prophesies man's flying, and finally offers maxims and aphorisms to live by in our times.


Massimiliano Finazzer Flory, a playwright, actor and director, creates new formats where philosophy and literature mingle with performing arts. He is considered one of the leading Italian artists in the international scene, with more than 50 shows in the United States, Asia and Europe. His theatrical play "Being Leonardo da Vinci" was on stage during the EXPO 2015 in Milan for six months. It has had a successful international tour, already staged in: New York - Manhattan - Morgan Library; Washington - The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; San Francisco - American Conservatory Theater; Miami - New World Symphony America's Orchestral Academy; Saint Petersburg (Russia) - Hermitage Theatre and Moscow (Russia) - Theatre Centre "Na Strastnom"; Tokyo (Japan) - Theatre Drama Kan (Waseda University) and Osaka (Japan) - Knowledge Capital Theatre; Geneva (Switzerland) - CERN, The Globe; Paris (France) - Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux - Arts de la Ville de Paris; Venice (Italy) - La Fenice Theatre; Milano (Italy) - Sacristy of Church Santa Maria delle Grazie.

Lito Casaje,
Apart from being a multi-award winning playwright and screenwriter, LITO CASAJE is also a licensed optometrist, professor, theatre and independent film actor, director and producer. Lito co-founded Dramatis Personae, a theatre-events-multi-media company with multi-award winning playwright and Harvard trained economist-banker Bienvenido M. Noriega, Jr. in 1989 and to this very day, Lito remains as DP’s president and artistic director, planning and plotting the direction and seasons of this alternative production company. He currently teaches and serves as Chair of the Communications Department, and Director of the Department of Performing Arts and Digital Cinema of La Consolacion College Manila. He likewise serves as part-time faculty of the Literature Department of the De La Salle University in Manila. Lito is a recipient of awards, citations and grants from the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, Experimental Cinema of the Philippines, Cultural Center of the Philippines, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Manila Critics Circle, Catholic Mass Media Award, Film Academy of the Philippines and from the University of Exeter Student Drama Playwrights’ Festival.

This theatre play toured already in USA: New York, Washington, San Francisco, Miami; Russia: Saint Petersburg, Moscow; Japan: Tokyo, Osaka; EU: Paris, Venice, Milan, Vinci, … ; Switzerland: Geneva; …


More info: philippineitalianassociation@gmail.com / (+632) 8-815-1310