Our Mission. Our History

Established by a group of professionals from the academic and business communities in Massachusetts, the Pirandello Lyceum exists to provide accurate accounts of these contributions for the international, and particularly American community.

Its activities and purpose have been recognized with support from the Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities, the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy, the Consulate General of Italy, and private contributors. It is a non-profit tax-exempt organization.

The Pirandello Lyceum aims to encourage a greater understanding and appreciation of Italian culture among all people. Its various programs reflect the significant accomplishments of Italian thinkers in the areas of art, science, culture and humanitarianism. The Lyceum is committed to the protection and preservation of Italian/American heritage.

  • Its scholarship program is a catalyst for young people of all ages, colors or creed to benefit by an Italian experience during their educational process. View 2012 Awards.
  • Its art, music, and writings create a network for all people to participate in the beauty of “the Italian experience.”
  • Its award program recognizes those Italian/Americans who continue to make significant contributions to society “in the spirit” of Luigi Pirandello. View 2013 Awards.
  • Its duty and responsibility to monitor the depiction of Italian Americans is to insure the accuracy of reporting their contributions, while eradicating stereotyping of all forms.

The Pirandello Lyceum is a non-profit cultural organization under the general laws of Massachusetts.

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L’ACCABADORA [Angel of Mercy] (2016)


North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter Street, Boston, MA  02113

Open to all. Free entrance.  Italian with English subtitles.

Caffè & Biscotti will be provided.

Opening remarks from Professor Anna Rocca, Salem State University

DIRECTOR: Enrico PAU  GENRE: Fiction LENGTH: 1h 44min

SYNOPSIS: Annetta lives in a small village in rural Sardinia at the end of the 1930s. She is in her mid-30s, always wears black, is a loner and silent, with a flinty beauty typical of the dry surrounds. She holds a terrible secret from the past and spend long days waiting for a call. When it comes, her slim fingers open an old leather bag and reveal a wooden mallet, an old cushion, a broken mirror… until something unexpected happens to change her whole existence… and gradually Annetta will discover that she can be something completely different from the Accabadora (angel of mercy) which she once was, taking back her own life and the fact of being a woman. (Cineuropa.org).