Paradise By The River, production shot
Production shot from the 2010 production of Paradise By The River, written by Vittorio Rossi and produced by Shadowpath Theatre Productions, at the Vaughan City Playhouse.
The play centres on Romano, a recent immigrant, who is arrested without charge in his own home after Canada officially declares war with Italy. Torn from the arms of his terrified and pregnant wife Maria, Romano is held against his will with hundreds of men of Italian descent at a prisoner of war camp in Petawawa, Ontario. These individuals were never officially charged with any crime. Playing out the ironies of a government action “to protect its citizens,” Paradise by the River details the struggle to preserve morality in a nation and time seemingly intent on its demise.
Italian Canadian internees Romano Di Cenzo (Chris Coculuzzi) and Calo Calabrese (Johnny Martin) are seen singing while interned at Camp Petawawa. Calo is a musician and is seen playing a mandolin.