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I have been blessed in being able to work in the New York City Theatre and Film community for the last 15 years. In my journeys, I have encountered talented artists and amazing souls who have encouraged me to write down my stories, my vignettes; and to boldly share them with the world. This show holds a special place in my heart as it centers around my loving, tumultuous and exciting relationships with my many family members and most especially my sister, Nicolina.


My goal as an actor and writer is not only to unleash the creative energies that live inside of me, but most importantly, to invoke change in others. It’s in this relationship between artist and audience, that I delve deeper into myself and continue to discover these different facets of my truth.


I am thrilled to bring this heartfelt and funny play to audiences.  Please stay tuned regarding future performances.



In 2010, Maria developed and wrote her one-woman show Vignettes of an I-talian American Girl, chronicling her life as a first generation Italian-American in Waterbury, CT. It became an award winning show in the 2010 Shortened Attention Span Festival in New York City where it was voted “Best Show” by audience vote.  She subsequently performed an expanded one-act version of the play in the 2011 New York International Fringe Festival; and as a result of those performances was asked to bring her show in an expanded two-act version to the Seven Angels Theatre in Connecticut where it was both successfully and commercially received in their 2012 Main Stage Season.  Maria was invited to return to the Seven Angels Theatre in encore performances in 2013.


So what happens when a goody-goody Italian-American Girl clashes with her family's old world values, her rebellious youger sister, and her own desires to fit into an American culture? A hilarious performance that is not only entertaining but packs a punch!


Maria Baratta threads a colorful story as she struggles to find her voice amongst an opera of strong and flavorful characters. It is in her relationship with her rebellious younger sister and a shared twist of fate that forces Maria to question her identity and her upbringing. A journey that reveals that there is more to La Famiglia than The Sopranos, cannoli and guns.  A one-woman show sautéed with garlic and caramelized with humor!

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