The Story

Ho​t-tempered Nunzio, explosive as Mount Etna back home in Sicily, thinks he wears the pantaloni in his family until his wife and two daughters suddenly disappear, leaving behind a successful family bridal business in Philadelphia, changing their names, and jumping a cross-country train. Their goal: to get as far from him as possible. When he finally locates them, with the help of a private detective two years on the case, Nunzio discovers that his female “bimbas ” are more resourceful than he imagined, making a successful living in Denver, Colorado. But an incident from Nunzio’s past in Sicily has determined his misfortune – if only he had thought before rudely cutting in line to the town water fountain and breaking his Aunt Vincenza’s water jug. If only he knew Aunt Vincenza would someday be his mother-in-law. If only he knew it would cause a lifetime family curse.

​ Nunzio must make right and buys an impressive mansion to persuade his family to return to him. He creates a lifestyle that charms those on the outside looking in. But inside the fairy tale palazzo, full of gold mirrors, fountains, operatic music and singing birds, sad spirits are longing for love to quell the family curse. Long shattered relations are healed later by the grandchildren, but only after their mother has broken from old world traditions, and they find that it’s not only La Giara that has survived the cracks and damage that Nunzio has caused!

"I was swept away in the music and lyrics, the visuals, the narration. Such a powerful, vibrant tribute, and the sense of longing brought through the very roots of our being. It was a magnificent night! "

– Renee Gabrielle Heckler, Editor