February 22, 2012 | Leave a comment MILAN: The Betrothed (I promessi sposi) in Honor of the 150th Anniversary of the Unification of Italy The Milan Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International and the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago are proud to present a theatrical performance of The Betrothed (I promessi sposi) on Tuesday, March 20. Massimiliano Finazzer Flory, author and actor will perform a dramatic reading from I promessi sposi, in Italian with English supertitles. He will be accompanied by Gilda Gelati, first ballerina of the ballet company of Teatro alla Scala, and by Elsa Martignoni, violinist of the Orchestra Giuseppe Verdi of Milano. The Betrothed (I promessi sposi, 1827) is a love story that takes place in 17th century Italy. A couple on the eve of their wedding discovers that the local baron has his eye on the girl. While famine and plague destroy an oppressed people, their love story takes on Shakespearian overtones. When: Tuesday, March 20 Where: Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater 77 East Randolph Street, Chicago, IL Time: 6:00 p.m. Tickets: Free and open to the public. RSVP is required. Click here for more information and to reserve your seat.