Duration: one hour and 15 minutes without interval
“Few know what the Riseria di San Sabba in Trieste was in all its horror; the only Nazi concentration camp in Italy, complete with crematorium (its victims totalling between three and five thousand). A cloak of guilt has silenced voices ever since the war ended, at times contaminating evidence regarding the events of just over seventy-five years ago”, writes Renato Sarti in his director’s notes.
The play - an example of documentary theatre: an account, a story, memory and a warning for the future - returns to the stage on the occasion of Remembrance Day. A play which is also tied to the memory of Strehler, who was born in that area and who in 1995 took part in a reading held inside the Risiera. Moni Ovadia, who was present, recalls the event: “Illuminated by theatrical lighting, behind the bars of one of the cells, shone the unmistakable white hair of Giorgio Strehler. With his powerful Barcola-accented voice, the theatrical genius and relentless anti-fascist incarnated the voice of the prisoners.
Piccolo Teatro Grassi
27 January 2020
I me ciamava per nome: 44.787. Risiera di San Sabba
written and directed by Renato Sarti
based on the accounts of ex-deportees collected by Marco Coslovich and Silva Bon for IRSML FVG
with Nicoletta Ramorino, Ernesto Rossi, Renato Sarti, Irene Serini
music by Alfredo Lacosegliaz, Moni Ovadia
photographs and video Miran Hrovatin, Alessio Zerial, Videoest, Irsml FVG
with thanks to Mario Sillani
a Teatro della Cooperativa production
Due to the themes examined, the play is not suitable for spectators under the age of 14.