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Contemporary #11: Franca Nuti and Gian Carlo Dettori on Giorgio Strehler

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Introduced and moderated by Monica Capuani

Curated and moderated by Monica Capuani, “Contemporary” is a series of encounters – conversations, readings and live performances – presenting to the British audience an authoritative overview of Italian contemporary theatre. Italian actors, playwrights and directors, both acclaimed masters and successful new voices, talk about their artistic research and discuss with important figures of British contemporary theatre.

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Giorgio Strehler’s death, guests of the new encounter will be Franca Nuti and Gian Carlo Dettori, who will talk about the great director’s career from their very particular point of view.

Strehler founded the Piccolo Teatro (later also Teatro d’Europa) in 1947, with the help of the publisher Paolo Grassi, thus transforming an old cinema occupied by the nazi-fascist military police during WWII into one of the leading theatres of Europe, and indeed of the world. An important role in his education and career was played by his family roots: his father was Austrian, his mother Italian, his grandparents Slav, Viennese and French. They conversed in four languages. During his first 20 years in Milan, Strehler directed 115 productions “with a revolutionary eclectic repertoire and relying on a team of actors without ‘stars’ devoted to performing in a fresh contemporary style” (James Kirkup). Among his greatest successes, Harlequin Servant of Two Masters by Goldoni and The Life of Galileo by Brecht.

Franca Nuti studied acting at the Accademia dei Filodrammatici in Milan. She performed in several theatres such as the ones in Genoa, Turin and Trieste. She played for several directors, among which Franco Zeffirelli, Sandro Bolchi, Aldo Trionfo and Tino Buazzelli. She taught in the 1980s at the Accademia Nazionale d'Arte Drammatica “Silvio D'Amico” in Rome and at the Scuola civica “Paolo Grassi” in Milan. In the 1990s she also taught at the Theatre School of Luca Ronconi and at the School of the Piccolo Teatro founded by Giorgio Strehler. She was awarded several prizes, such as the Ubu Prize in 1986 and 1988, the “Ennio Flaiano” in 1989, the “Eleonora Duse” in 1992 and the “Ermete Novelli” in 2004.

Gian Carlo Dettori studied at the Accademia D'Arte Drammatica “Silvio D'Amico” in Rome and worked in theatre, television and radio. Since 1957, and for the following four decades, he took part in several plays at the Piccolo Teatro in Milan directed by Giorgio Strehler. In the famous play Harlequin Servant of Two Masters by Goldoni he performed the role of Silvio Lombardi.

Monica Capuani is a freelance cultural journalist for important Italian magazines such as L’Espresso, L’Europeo, io Donna, Elle. She is also a literary translator from English and French, having translated more than seventy novels, and of English and American Drama, bringing several plays to the Italian stage, most recently The Pride by Alexi Kaye Campbell, directed and interpreted by Luca Zingaretti.

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