nytheatre.com q&a preview by Marta Mondelli
October 12, 2012
What is your job on this show?
Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
I was born and raised in Italy. I went to school in Bologna and I graduated in Ancient History in college. But theater was what I wanted to do in life, so I graduated at the local theater school, "Galante Garrone", I discover the LeCoq method and I found myself.
Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
Theater is the oldest form of performance, it is in our DNA as human beings. When you act on a stage you're alive in front of an audience, when you're the audience you're actively sharing an unrepeatable moment. It is a microcosmos, a world within the big world we live in. It makes us reflect, feel emotions and learn about ourselves like no other medium.
Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
I discovered Buzzati for the first time in Italy, where I performed one of the monologues of "No Escape" in Milan. I found them all extremely fascinating, especially because I am a woman. The characters of these four plays are captivating: they fight, they are witty and complex women, but they are trapped in a dark and unforgiving world. It is a great accomplishment, for a male author, to write so poignantly about women.
Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
How important is diversity to you in the theater you see/make?
Diversity is the core of KIT Theater. First of all because it is directed, managed and created by women and also because it brings Italian modern and contemporary culture to New York, casting a light on unknown great authors, often (like in the case of our monologue "Striptease") never produced on a New York stage).