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The winner of the 56th Riccione Theatre Award, the story of the first close encounter with an alien life-form serves as a springboard for a reflection on the predatory nature of humans, represented by enthusiasm surrounding the Voyager probe and the deep-set fear of encountering “others”.

Piccolo Teatro Studio Melato

The first close encounter with an alien life-form has taken place. This is not the usual grainy video taken with a hand-held camera; the alien was seen by everyone, hundreds of witnesses, photos and videos. One peculiarity of the alien is that it is not carbon-based, unlike all life on Earth. In the intense dialogue between the pregnant woman assigned to verify what happened and the man who experienced the event first-hand, a situation emerges that blows apart our relationship with the infinite, represented by enthusiasm surrounding the Voyager probe and the intimate fear of encountering “others".
The text, which has already been translated into English and German, won the 56th Riccione Theatre Award. As stated in the statement that accompanied the assigning of the award, “with just a few simple and ironic moves, the author creates a symbolic structure of immense power. [...] Between human and non-human, Pisano examines the conflict between acting for common interest and for personal satisfaction, pushing it to the point of catastrophe against a backdrop of a sense of the animal from which homo sapiens has never managed to escape”.

The plays on Saturdays 25 June and 2 July are surtitled in English  

Duration: 95’ without interval

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written and directed by Pier Lorenzo Pisano
sets Marco Rossi
lighting Gianni Staropoli
costumes Raffaella Toni

characters and performers
Her Federica Fracassi
Him Mario Pirrello 
a voice Pier Lorenzo Pisano

sets assistant Francesca Sgariboldi
volunteer assistant Alberto Marcello

a Piccolo Teatro di Milano – Teatro d’Europa production
a Fondazione Teatro di Napoli - Teatro Bellini co-production
Winner of the 56th Riccione Theatre Award

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Category of performance Piccolo Production
Stalls full price € 40 | Discounted (under 26 and over 65) € 23
Balcony full price € 32 | Discounted (Under 26 and over 65) € 20

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