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Commedia dell'Arte Troupes Timeline
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Before 1545
Before 1545, the world was chaos, and Ser Maphio said, 'let there be a contract'.

There were certainly professional comic actors and troupes before this 1545, but they seem to have been restircted to doing plays only during the brief carnival period each year. Other activities anticipating CdA would have been Buffoni acts of one to a small number of actors attracting an audience to a pitchman. These seem to have typically been Magnifico and his servant Zan, or Capitano and his servant Zan. Specifically, Zuan Polo (d. 1541) played many roles, especially a Croatian charlatan-dottore, Ruzante (d. 1542) was a Zanni, and Calmo (d. 1571) was a Magnifico, each in his own semi-professional troupe.
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1545 Feb. 3 The Fraternal Company of Ser Maphio (eight male actors) signs a contract to perform year round in Padua. Francisco de la Lira was in the troupe. Moshini was responsible for booking the hall and drawing the set.      
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1548   Troupe of Domenico Barlacchi [from Florence] appears in Lyon with Beautiful well-spoken actresses. Perform a scripted play Bibbiena's "La Calandra"  
1549 Ser Stephano (Gagliarda) asserts that Ser Franciscum (Moshini) broke up the Ser Maphio Troupe. In the new Contract Giovanni Trevisan was co-leader with Maphio.      
1550 18 Dec, Maphio's troupe performed for the Pope at Castello St. Angelo.      
1551 Benedetto Cantinella has a troupe in Rome and Florence.    
1552 A.F. Grazzini refers to improvised playing at Florence.    
1553 Ser Maphio's is killed in Rome, and his troupe dissolves. A new troupe is created from the debris, but no record exists of their exploits.    
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1555   Writer describes a Venetian troupe very unfavorably to Cantinella's Troupe. Marco Antonio has a troupe in Rome (approx. date) He continues forming troupes through 1567. Writer describes a Venetian troupe very unfavorably to Cantinella's Troupe.
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1566 Alberti Naseli of Bergamo (AKA Zan Ganassa) Adds a woman to his troupe and is a big success    
1567   Troupe of Flaminia (The Accesi) and Pasquati from Rome appears in Mantua in contest with Ganassa/Gelosi. They perform Tragicomedies.
1568 Guglielmo Ganzaga asks Flaminia's and Ganassa's (Vincenza's) troupe to unite to perform a comedy. First record of i Gelosi playing, at a carnival in Milan.   Guglielmo Ganzaga asks Flaminia's and Ganassa's (Vincenza's) troupe to unite to perform a comedy.
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1570 Zan Ganassa's troupe performs at Lucrezia d'Este's wedding in Ferrara.    
1571

Charles IX invites Ganassa's troupe to Paris. After performing for the King, they perform publicly in August at the Hotel Bourgogone in Paris. In September they were prohibited from further performing.

Fêtes for Charles IX in Paris; Gelosi & Ganassa à Paris A troupe, i Comici Confidenti, after touring Italy move to France in 1571. They continue touring France through 1584.  
1572 Some of Ganassa's troupe didn't follow him to Spain, and joined i Gelosi. Some of Ganassa's troupe didn't follow him to Spain, and joined i Gelosi. Gelosi in Milan  
1573 Gelosi perform in first production of Tasso's Aminta at Isle Belvedere del Po.  
1574 Zan Ganassa's troupe builds a theater in Corral de la Pachecha, Spain. Gelosi in Venicse before Henri III. Vittoria is mentioned as with Gelosi in Milan in July La troupe des Confidenti à Crémone, Pavie, Milan; Vittoria Piissimi said to be in charge. Troupe of Signore Abbate [Beltrame] appears in Venice.
1575 Zan Ganassa plays in Seville Gelosi in Milan & Florence Les Confidenti à Milan  
1576 i Gelosi in Ferrare
9 Feb GBA, Isabella's fist child born. Vittoria and Orazio di' Nobili with Gelosi.
Gelosi says Florence is nice, but Ferrara doesn't pay well.

First mention of Pedrolino Company. Pedrolino à Florence.

 

1577 Zan Ganassa plays in Court of Phillip II 23 Jan Gelosi taken hostage by HuguenotsGelosi in Blois à la Cour  
1578 Zan Ganassa plays in Seville again Francesco and Isabella Andreini probably members of the Gelosi by this date.  

1579 Gelosi in Venise, Mantoue, Milan & Gênes
Vittoria Piissimi leaves the troupe. 5May Gelosi evicted from Mantua. Cast: Simone Basilea, Orazio de' Nobili, Adriano Valerini, Gabrielle Panzanini, and Domenico and Pirro (Zanni)
les Confidenti à Mantoue, Ferrare, Bologne. Vittoria Piissimi becomes Prima Donna.
1580 Gelosi in Bergame, Milan; Gelosi allowed to perform in ilan inspite of general prohibition. Confidenti merge with Pedrolino's Troupe, play in Venice.

Confidenti merge with Pedrolino's Company, as Pedrolino marries Vittoria.

1581 les Confidenti à Venise, Mantoue, Bologne;

 

1582 Zan Ganassa builds a theater in Madrid. Ganassa à Tolède et Guadalajara; Gelosi in Milan. 28Jun, perform comedy for duke of Milan in which all characters are hunchbacks. les Confidenti à Gênes;  
1583 Zan Ganassa performs in Corpus Christi Gelosi in Savone les Confidenti à Mantoue, Vittoria has left troupe for Uniti.  
1584 Zan Ganassa performs in Madrid. Last mention of Zan Ganassa troupe in Spain les Confidenti à Turin, à Milan et en France;  
1585 Adriano Valerini leaves the Gelosi and forms his own troupe. Adriano Valerini leaves the Gelosi and forms his own troupe. Gelosi à Bologne, les Confidenti en France,

 

 

1586 Valerini's troupe disolves   les Confidenti et Desiosi à Gênes  
1587     Les Confidenti en Espagne  
1588 Gelosi à Mantoue et Milan  
1589   Vittoria Piisimi & Gelosi play La Tsigane & La Folie d'Isabelle in Florence, for Ferdinand de Médicis
Troupe to perform intermedi in Ferrara: Orazio della Rena, Giovanni de' Bardi, Jacopo Corsi, Ottavio Rinuccini Laura Guidiccioni Lucchesini, et. al.
les Confidenti à Parme, Gênes, Ferrare  
1590 First mention of the Accesi Company. Troupe contains Dru and Tris Martinelli. Cap. was Pier Maria Cecchini. Gelosi in Milan. Troupe includes: Vittoria Piisimi, Nora Fiorentina, Aurelia Romana, Lutio Fedeli, his son Flaminio, Oratio de Nobili, his wife Vittoria, Giuseppe Scarpetta, Giovan Battista Trombetti, Carlo Vegi, Bernardino Lombardi, Giulio Vigianti, Emilio Baldovini, Girolamo Salimbeni and eleven servants.    
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1594 Gelosi & Uniti in Florence    
1595 Isabella's son Pietro Paolo Andreini becomes a monk. Son GBA starts practicing Commedia.
15 Oct Troupe includes: Vittoria Piisimi, Nora Fiorentina, Aurelia Romana, Lutio Fedeli, Flaminio Fedeli, Oratio di Nobili, Vittoria di Nobili, Giuseppe Scarpetta, Giovan Battista Trombetti, Carlo Vegi, Bernardino Lombardi, Giulio Vigianti, Emilio Baldovini, Girolamo Salimbeni, Dolfino, Il Bologna, Cupido, and their servants.
Confidenti Licensed to perform above Sala del Podesta in Bologna [a popular venue for troupes.]  
1596 Gelosi in Gênes  
1597 Playing in Genoa Lavinia daughter of Isabella enters Monestary.
Isabella (in Florence) asks Virginio Orsini in Rome to intercede to get someone to return a lottery wheel and a record book.
 
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1599 Playing mantua Carnival 28 Mar Confidenti and Accesi are both in Ferrara, but the Pope will not tolerate this for long.  
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1601 Accesi in Lyon & Paris, Fedeli in Mantua, Fedeli Company formed by G.B. Andreini (son of Francesco and Isabella).  
1602 Troupe includes Pellesini as Pedrolino and T. Martinelli as Arlecchino  
1603 Gelosi in Paris  
1604 i Gelosi disbanded