Marta Cuscunà

È bello vivere liberi!

Touring production

È bello vivere liberi! is a play that aims to reappropriate the hopes and joys of the partisans. It is a play through which to rediscover the dizzying atmosphere of that period in Italian history during which everything seemed possible.

Piccolo Teatro Grassi

The play is inspired by the biography of Ondina Peteani, written by the historian Anna di Gianantonio, (Published by IRSML FVG 2007). Ondina, at the tender age of 17, realised that she could not stand by in the face of Fascist oppression, choosing to act with conscience and determination to change her country. Her journey began with clandestine meetings at Alma Vivoda’s communist school, a place that fostered the values of female emancipation and equality between men and women. At 18, she became a Partisan courier, also taking part in the formation of the Proletarian Brigade and the battle of Gorizia. Her story was suddenly interrupted when, at the age of 19, she was plunged into the hells of Nazi-Fascist deportations as a political prisoner.

“E’ bello vivere liberi! (It is wonderful to life in freedom)” are the last words that Ondina Peteani wrote, just a few weeks before her death when, in 2003 in hospital, her doctor asked her to close her eyes and write the first words that came to mind. What Ondina wrote was an expression of her deepest feelings.

Duration: 65 minutes

Meetings and insights

The Playbill

È bello vivere liberi!
by and with Marta Cuscunà
stage props Belinda De Vito
lighting and audio Marco Rogante
lighting design Claudio “Poldo” Parrino
a Centrale Fies, Operaestate Festival Veneto co-production
organised by Etnorama
distribution Jean-Francois Mathieu
with the support of the Provincial Committee for the promotion of the values of Resistance and the Republican Constitution of Gorizia, A.N.P.I. Provincial Committee of Gorizia, A.N.P.I. Ronchi dei Legionari Section, Youth Centre for the Municipality of Monfalcone, Sandro Pertini Municipal Library of Ronchi dei Legionari, Municipality of San Vito al Tagliamento Department of Cultural Heritage and Activities, Regional Theatrical Organisation for Friuli Venezia Giulia, Toti Youth Centre for the Municipality of Trieste, Ondina Peteani Permanent Committee

From 2009 to 2019, Marta Cuscunà was part of the Fies Factory project organised by the Centrale Fies.

Category of performance Guest
Stalls full price € 33 | Discounted (under 26 and over 65) € 21
Balcony full price € 26 | Discounted (Under 26 and over 65) € 18

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