by Armando Pirozzi
a show by Massimiliano Civica
with Alberto Astorri and Luca Zacchini
costumes Daniela Salernitano
scenery Luca Baldini
lighting Roberto Innocenti
production Teatro Metastasio di Prato
with the support of the Armunia Centro di Residenze Artistiche Castiglioncello
Un quaderno per l’inverno, a text for two actors in three scenes, tells the story of an introverted professor of literature who, on returning home, finds a burglar armed with a knife who wants something very unusual from him: it is a question of life or death. During that night, the two characters, on a razor’s edge between hope and desperation, talk about ideas, feelings, painful doubts, in a dialogue which is new and unexpected for both of them. The two meet again years later, still to some degree bearing the traces of that night. Although experienced and remembered in very different ways, the night has perhaps outlined the possibility of a change, of a wider understanding. The central theme of the text is writing and its potential to impose a direct influence on reality: the miraculous power of poetry, not as a simple exercise of literary technique, but for the explosively vital influence it has, in spite of everything, on people.
In the traditional Italian Theatre, a show that had been successful was said to have "encountered" the audience. The word "encounter" therefore signified "success".
It has been an encounter, a good encounter: this is everything that can be and should be expected from the Theatre. With Un quaderno per l’inverno we do not wish to say anything to the spectators, but we want to share something with them. Something we feel concerns us, as people and human beings.
At the end of the performances we will be happy if, in all honesty, we can say: this has been an encounter.