The Tradition of the Actor-Author in Italian Theatre

The Tradition of the Actor-Author in Italian Theatre

by Donatella Fischer


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The Tradition of the Actor-Author in Italian Theatre by Donatella Fischer

The central importance of the actor-author is a distinctive feature of Italian theatrical life, in all its eclectic range of regional cultures and artistic traditions. The fascination of the figure is that he or she stands on both sides of one of theatre's most important power relationships: between the exhilarating freedom of performance and the austere restriction of authorship and the written text. This broad-ranging volume brings together critical essays on the role of the actor-author, spanning the period from the Renaissance to the present. Starting with Castiglione, Ruzante and the commedia dell’arte, and surveying the works of Dario Fo, De Filippo and Bene, among others, the contributors cast light on a tradition which continues into Neapolitan and Sicilian theatre today, and in Italy's currently fashionable ‘narrative theatre’, where the actor-author is centre stage in a solo performance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781907975806
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 09/30/2013
Pages: 230
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Donatella Fischer is Lecturer in Italian at the University of Glasgow. Her publications include a study of the theatre of Eduardo De Filippo (Legenda, 2007) and articles on the literature and theatre of Trieste.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements x

Introduction Donatella Fischer 1

1 The Actor-Author in Castiglione's 'Il Cortegiano': 'lo esser travestito porta seco una certa libertà e licenzia' Sarah Cockram 9

2 'Perché molte cose stanno ben nella penna che nella scena starebben male': Reading Between the Lines of the Surviving Ruzante Texts Ronnie Ferguson 20

3 Isabella Andreini's Stage Repertoire: The 'Lettere' and 'Fragmenti' Richard Andrews 30

4 'Commedie fortunate…': 'Le due comedie in comedia' di Giovan Battista Andreini Roberto Cuppone 41

5 'The Actor and the Author: Renaissance Theatre in England and Italy Joseph Farrell 58

6 Goldoni, Gozzi, e il lavoro con l'attore Paolo Bosisio 70

7 Napoli tra Ottocento e Novecento: dalla drammaturgia dell'attore alla drammaturgia dell'autore e ritorno Armando Rotondi 85

8 Il dilemma del teatro: 'La parte di Amleto' di Eduardo De Filippo Donatella Fischer 100

9 Characters in an English Adaptation of Napoli milionaria! Alessandra De Martino Cappuccio 110

10 La scrittura 'sul pubblico': The Fo-Rame Method Marco Valleriani 128

11 Franca Rame's Dowry: How the Rame Family Tradition Lives on in the Theatre of Dario Fo and Franca Rame Luciana D'arcangeli 136

12 II 'funerale dell'orale' Carmelo Bene: la scena e la scena della pagina Franco Vazzoler 146

13 The Actor-Narrator Paolo Puppa 158

14 Marco Baliani's Theatrical Storytelling of Wonderment Margaret Rose 166

15 Sguardi su una Napoli contemporanea attraverso il teatro di Annibale Ruccello Mariano D'Amora 172

16 Il buio in fondo al sacco: parole in fuga e corpi senza scampo nel teatro di Spiro Scimone Dario Tomaseixo 188

General Bibliography 201

Index 216

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