The Stendhal Syndrome

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February 01 - March 27, 2004
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0 Hour, 0 Minute
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by Terrence McNally
starring Isabella Rossellini and Richard Thomas
with Michael Countryman, Jennifer Mudge, and Yul Vázquez (for the extension, Maria Tucci replaced Isabella Rossellini)

THE STENDHAL SYNDROME combines two plays: FULL FRONTAL NUDITY— about three American tourists who are urged by an Italian guide to bask in the beauty of Michelangelo's "David" — and PRELUDE & LIEBESTOD— which finds a celebrated conductor watching his life unravel right before his eyes as he leads the opening and ending pieces of Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde."

Both works — which explore characters' inner thoughts — are threaded together with the common theme of "how art can affect us emotionally, psychological, erotically," playwright McNally told Playbill On-Line. The title refers to said intoxication.