THE MEATBALL CHRONICLES

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The Meatball Chronicles follows one woman through humorous and sometimes heart wrenching meals that align with stories of her childhood, her relationships with men, and in particular, her complicated relationship to her mother.

Mansini crafts this piece in a way that transcends her own story into universal themes that anyone who has a family can love. As she kneads the dough and thickens the sauce through each Italian recipe, the stories associated with those recipes reveal the complex ways that families cope, laugh, grieve, and show their love through food.

Debrianna Mansini has been seen in both film and television in; Hell or High Water, Crazy Heart, Breaking Bad, and Better Call Saul, to name a few. She is also an actor, creator, and co-writer of the web series Cyphers and the upcoming Reaction 21. She is a New York trained actor with a passion for activism. "I believe deeply in using my skills to promote community and consciousness."

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Reviews

Joan Alperin
"What happens when you're brought up to feel invisible? Where do you go for solace? Where do you go to find your identity? For actress Debrianna Mansini it was in cooking; this was her joy, her salvation, her escape and most importantly it was the only way she was able to communicate with her emotionally abusive mother. Ms. Mansini first performed The Meatball Chronicles at the Hollywood Fringe Festival last year and it was a big hit. It's obvious why this is so. She has created a powerful, emotional and, at times, funny story about her childhood and her relationshi"

sweet - Joan Alperin - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


"This single act program written and performed by Debrianna Mansini, takes upon a charming viewpoint on a woman that grew up in a crowded house that was blessed with a selection of meals proving that the family never went hungry. She speaks with a vocal tone that though there were rough patches experienced in her earlier days, it was not through sorrow, tears, anger, or regret. It was through humor, togetherness, and most important of all, it was through food!"

sweet - Rich Borowy - Accessibly Live Off-Line - ...read full review


"“The Meatball Chronicles” is so artfully written and beautifully performed that the stories Debrianna shares, even the painful or shameful ones, are magical gifts to her audience. They promote healing and understanding in the way a late-night, sweet conversation with a best friend in a kitchen still overwhelmed by the delicious humming scents of the day can only do."

sweet - Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros - NoHo Arts Districtm - ...read full review


Joan Alperin
"What happens when you're brought up to feel invisible? Where do you go for solace? Where do you go to find your identity? For actress Debrianna Mansini it was in cooking; this was her joy, her salvation, her escape and most importantly it was the only way she was able to communicate with her emotionally abusive mother. Ms. Mansini first performed The Meatball Chronicles at the Hollywood Fringe Festival last year and it was a big hit. It's obvious why this is so. She has created a powerful, emotional and, at times, funny story about her childhood and her relationshi"

sweet - Joan Alperin - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


"This single act program written and performed by Debrianna Mansini, takes upon a charming viewpoint on a woman that grew up in a crowded house that was blessed with a selection of meals proving that the family never went hungry. She speaks with a vocal tone that though there were rough patches experienced in her earlier days, it was not through sorrow, tears, anger, or regret. It was through humor, togetherness, and most important of all, it was through food!"

sweet - Rich Borowy - Accessibly Live Off-Line - ...read full review


"“The Meatball Chronicles” is so artfully written and beautifully performed that the stories Debrianna shares, even the painful or shameful ones, are magical gifts to her audience. They promote healing and understanding in the way a late-night, sweet conversation with a best friend in a kitchen still overwhelmed by the delicious humming scents of the day can only do."

sweet - Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros - NoHo Arts Districtm - ...read full review