Frank Ferrante and the legendary Liliane Montevecchi

Frank Ferrante and the legendary Liliane Montevecchi

When comedian Frank Ferrante suggested that he interview the legendary Liliane Montevecchi for a podcast for our audience, we leapt at the chance to listen in on a lively conversation between these two dynamic forces of nature.

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Frank’s first opportunity to work with Liliane in the final show, “L’Affaire d’Amour” at our old location in Belltown back in 2007. In that show their characters rarely if ever interacted, but Frank was absolutely smitten by Liliane.

“She’s a master,” says Frank. “Here I am, an American actor specializing in brash comedy getting to play directly with an elegant, Parisian diva. When (director) Norm Langill suggested that we work together on a new show, I thought here’s my chance to work with one of the most talented people around. She’s an exacting performer and expects the very best from everyone and if you’re in the center ring with her, you better be able to keep up -and that to me was very exciting.”

Rachel DeShon get fitted into her "Candy Girl" costume with Louise DiLenge, Heather Andress and Jennifer Svenson.

Rachel DeShon get fitted into her "Candy Girl" costume with Louise DiLenge, Heather Andress and Jennifer Svenson.

Recently, Beaver Bauer from our San Francisco venue made a trip to Seattle to work with Teatro ZinZanni’s Contessa DeLuxe Louise DiLenge. Louise had a short window when she knew that she would be able to introduce Beaver to Bottega ZinZanni contributor Luly Yang.

Louise gave the Marketing office a call and said, “hey, you might just want to be there when we all get together for the first time… It could get interesting.” We packed up the microphone, gave her a quick tutorial in Podcasting, and she returned the next day with this interesting piece about designing for Bottega ZinZanni, the circus and how they each ended up working on this all-new show.

Interview with Norman Durkee and Giuseppe Grazioli

Once in a great while, if we’re lucky, we come across someone whose perspective of the world is so powerfully refreshing we yearn to learn more. In our pursuit of the world of fashion in Seattle we met Giuseppe Grazioli, a young designer whose understanding of fashion as a means of self-expression goes much deeper than mere embellishment.

Classically trained as an opera singer, Giuseppe is an associate designer for Luly Yang Couture. Born in Mantua, Italy, his mother was also an opera singer and his father a harpist who played at La Scala.

“My mother was always in the scene,” he told me. “She wore lame´ to go buy bread. Fashion is a how we tell the world who we are.”

While he may look like the brainier brother from ZZ Top when he’s seated at the keyboard, Teatro ZinZanni’s Musical Director Norman Durkee is a man of many cultivated interests. Music. Photography. Painting. Food.  And Fashion.  “I follow clothes,” he says. ”Clothing is an interesting metaphor.”

Recently when Norman accompanied opera singer Rachel DeShon to be fitted for her wedding gown at Luly Yang Couture, he struck up a lively conversation with Giuseppe about the history of fashion.  And when the fates determined that Luly Yang would collaborate with us on our new show, Bottega ZinZanni, Norman figured that the conversation had just begun.

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Here in this podcast the conversation continues as Norman and Giuseppe talk about everything from how to take care of silk worms to the music of Existentialism to the language of fabric and the search for perfection.

Interview with Norman Durkee and Giuseppe Grazioli