The Staples Players will stage three performances of Luigi Pirandello's "Six Characters in Search of an Author" this weekend in the black box auditorium at Staples High School, 70 North Ave.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

The plot of Pirandello's 1921 drama involves a family of six characters who have been left unfinished by their author. Desperate to have their anguishing story told, they enter a theater, interrupt a rehearsal and demand that the actors play out their story.

Much of the plot involves conversations among the unfinished characters and the actors about what is reality and whose reality is more "real."

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'SIX CHARACTERS ...' What: Staples Players production of "Six Characters in Search of an Author." Where: Staples High School black box auditorium, 70 North Ave. When: 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday Tickets: Adults, $10; students and seniors, $7. Available at the door and at www.staplesplayers.com

The Italian playwright Pirandello called the genre "il teatro dello specchio" or "the mirror theater," a play that turns a mirror onto the theater itself.

The Staples production is directed by Staples senior Charlotte Weber, who said she chose "Six Characters" from a variety of scripts she read.

The unfinished characters -- a father, mother and four children -- carry inside of them a story of deep pain and anguish. They barge into a rehearsal of Sophocles' "Antigone" and insist their story be told.

The play deals with the relationship between directors, actors, characters, audiences and critics, Weber said in a news release.

Nearly every aspect of the Staples production is organized and executed by students, Weber said.

The cast includes 20 Staples freshmen, sophomores and juniors.

`SIX CHARACTERS ...'

What: Staples Players production of "Six Characters in Search of an Author."

Where: Staples High School black box auditorium, 70 North Ave.

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Tickets: Adults, $10; students and seniors, $7. Available at the door and at www.staplesplayers.com