“Murder Marinara” Now Canceled
Recently, a meeting was held between members of the boards of the Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center and the Italian American One Voice Coalition. Dr. Manny Alfano, President of IAOVC, had protested the Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center’s production of “Murder Marinara.” Alfano stated, “It is demeaning and not a true reflection of the Italian American family.” He further indicated that “Murder Marinara” was a “take off” on other similar offensive productions that habitually utilized Italian names and glorified the mobster characters. Prevalent were characters Paulie Peanuts, modeled after the ill- famed Paulie Walnuts of the Sopranos, as well as Carmella and Tony, who is the murder victim.
Kim Reilly, Executive Director of Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center immediately announced at her next meeting that the “Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center now recognizes that this production and others of a similar nature, while they may be viewed as humorous and entertaining, they are not of true reality.” She further stated that, “We also understand that the dialogue is offensive to our many Italian American friends and supporters. Thus, we pledge never to produce and show “Murder Marinara” again as well as other similar productions.”
On behalf of IAOVC and the Italian American community at large, Dr. Alfano congratulated Ms. Reilly and the board members present for their immediate response and action.