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Contemporary #7: Massimo Popolizio e Emanuele Trevi

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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.

Guests of the seventh encounter will be Massimo Popolizio and Emanuele Trevi, who recently collaborated for the play Ragazzi di vita, based on Pier Paolo Pasolini’s novel, directed by Massimo Popolizio and written by Emanuele Trevi.

Massimo Popolizio is an actor and a dubbing actor. After his graduation at the Accademia Nazionale d'Arte Drammatica Silvio D'Amico in Rome, he started a fruitful artistic collaboration with theatre director Luca Ronconi.
He was awarded the Premio Ubu, Italy’s most prestigious theatre award, as best actor in 1995 (for the plays King Lear by William Shakespeare and Verso Peer Gynt, inspired by Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt), in 2001 (for I due gemelli veneziani by Carlo Goldoni) and in 2015 (for Lehman Trilogy by Stefano Massini, directed by Luca Ronconi). In 2016 he has directed the play Ragazzi di vita, written by Emanuele Trevi based on Pier Paolo Pasolini’s novel.
In cinema he has played, among others, in Romanzo criminale (by Michele Placido, based on the novel by Giancarlo De Cataldo), Il divo by Paolo Sorrentino and Il giovane favoloso by Mario Martone.
As dubbing actor, Popolizio is the Italian voice of Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter saga, of Tom Cruise in Eyes Wide Shut, of Tim Roth in the movie The Legend of 1900, of Bruce Willis in Armageddon. In 1998 he was awarded the Nastro d'Argento for the dubbing of the film Hamlet by Kenneth Branagh.

Emanuele Trevi is a writer and literary critic. He has written many critical essays on poets and writers, and his book on the poet Pietro Tripodo won the Sandro Onofri Prize. Trevi has served on the jury for several literary awards and has written for magazines and various national newspapers, including La Repubblica, La Stampa, and Il Manifesto. In 2012 he won the European Union Prize for Literature for Something Written. It was a finalist for Italy’s most prestigious literary prize, the Strega Prize, and his work has been translated into more than 10 languages. In 2016 he wrote the theatre adaptation of Ragazzi di vita, based on Pier Paolo Pasolini’s novel, directed by Massimo Popolizio.

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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