Duration: The play is currently in production
Neither show nor traditional monologue define this original presence on the stage of Stefano Massini, accompanied at the piano by Paolo Jannacci and on the trumpet by Daniele Moretto. If anything, it represents a sort of Virgil wandering the meanderings and recesses of our torturous present, in search of a key to its narration. Everyday life, the pages of the newspapers, the places which we frequent every day and the gazes of strangers that we meet as we get on the bus all hide stories that are just waiting to be discovered.
Author and playwright, Stefano Massini loves to seek out these stories and present them to an audience, whether on the stage of a theatre or in the viral dimension of a television talk show.
“What comes before a text? - asks Massini -. Quite simply, the spark of a story, the attraction to its strength, the echoes it contains, and therefore the desire to tell it. But stories emerge everywhere. Above all in this current period, in the proliferation of channels of communication, in which the bulimia of expressing everything at all costs results in an avalanche of useless sequences. One thus discovers that at the dawn of the Third Millennium a writer is above all this: a diviner, a gold-digger in the Klondike in search of veins that are buried, hidden, lying beneath the sediment. We try, then, to make progress through the workshop of storytelling, lending form to the ancient ritual of evocation, that system of metaphors and references which Borges defined as enchantment, magic, the incredible anatomy of reality. It is the breeding ground for future stories, the prologue to that which is yet to be said, the Book of Genesis in which creation is still to be organised. In the beginning was the Word. Or rather, nothing existed, but everything began to exist in the very moment in which someone chose their story. And we all form part. In the end, it is just a trick of mirrors”.
Piccolo Teatro Grassi
from 14 to 19 April 2020
by and with Stefano Massini
piano Paolo Jannacci
trumpet Daniele Moretto
a Piccolo Teatro di Milano – Teatro d’Europa production