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Based on As if in a Dream by Marko Sosič and The Bread of Waiting by Carlo Tolazzi

Trieste, a City in War

Trieste, a City in War <em>Photo: Luca Quaia</em>

Photo: Luca Quaia

Slovene Permanent Theatre in Trieste, Il Rossetti – Permanent Theatre Friuli-Giulia and the association Casa del lavoratore teatrale

Première14. 11. 2014, Slovene Permanent Theatre in Trieste
Running time 1 hour and 30 minutes. No interval.

Director Igor Pison
Authors of adaptation Igor Pison, Eva Kraševec
Italian translator of the novel As if in a Dream Laura Sgubin
Dramaturg Eva Kraševec
Set designer Igor Pison
Costume designer Igor Pahor
Music selector Igor Pison
Language consultant Tatjana Stanič
Video artists Igor Pison, Tomaž Scarcia

Irina Nikla Petruška Panizon
Agata Patrizia Jurinčič
Olga, Mati Mariagrazia Plos
First man Tadej Pišek
Second man, Renato Massimiliano Borghesi
Author/Director Primož Forte
Man with bread Adriano Giraldi
Pittioni Maurizio Zacchigna
Luisa Eleonora Angioletti
Francesco Lorenzo Zuffi

The original texts by two authors, Marko Sosič and Carlo Tolazzi, map the stories of those who went to the front, those who remained home waiting for the first ones to come back and those who were killed by either of the circumstances. The theatrical frame that connects these two texts consists of simple questions: How to speak about a war without experiencing one? Which story to choose to tell? How to avoid speaking solely about oneself and address a problem that is larger than the individual? Or to quote Marko Sosič: Whose perspective should I choose to tell a story that would be merely one among the thousands? This is precisely the reason why the performance is located here and now: both plays are framed by the intention of the Author/Director, who is preparing a film shooting, writing a script on the events and emotions connected to WWI. In the beginning, the spectator may feel the distance brought by fiction, but the bits and pieces of memories gradually overtake the protagonists in a way that decisively goes beyond the boundaries of a performance and delves into the depths of personal experience of contents. Interweaving the past and the present, the performance conveys through the two perspectives the absurdity of war: the waiting, the yearning of the women, the pain of those who have gone through the war trenches, the chapters of individual stories among which we cannot choose an emblematic story; yet what we can do is unite them into a collective human and tragic dimension.

Trieste, a City in War <em>Photo: Luca Quaia</em>

Photo: Luca Quaia

Trieste, a City in War <em>Photo: Luca Quaia</em>

Photo: Luca Quaia

Trieste, a City in War <em>Photo: Luca Quaia</em>

Photo: Luca Quaia

Trieste, a City in War <em>Photo: Luca Quaia</em>

Photo: Luca Quaia

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