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‘Quasi Grazia’: a theatrical performance to celebrate Grazia Deledda
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‘Quasi Grazia’: a theatrical performance to celebrate Grazia Deledda

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The play, subtitled in English, French, German and Chinese, tells the story of the life and work of the Sardinian writer.

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My idea, I would say my obsession, was the need to represent the flesh of this woman who was so important for the literary culture of our country. As if it were absolutely necessary not to stop at a “ simply” literary re-enactment, but rather a living representation. – Marcello Fois

It is precisely the interplay between life and writing that is the focus of the play ‘Quasi Grazia’ (Almost Grazia), dedicated to Grazia Deledda (Nuoro, 1871 – Rome, 1936), winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1926, the first and only Italian female writer to receive it. The play is a three-act drama based on the book of the same name by Marcello Fois (Einaudi, 2016), directed by Veronica Cruciani. The writer and radio host Michela Murgia plays the role of the protagonist, alongside Lia Careddu – in the role of Deledda’s mother -, Valentino Mannias, Marco Brinzi and Giaime Mannias.

In the video, the theatre scenes are alternated with previously unheard commentary by Marcello Fois, which accompanies the spectators through the creative process of the production on Deledda. Deledda was a very important writer within the Italian literary canon, as prolific as she was hard to label – her best known and translated novels include “Reeds in the Wind”, “Cosima” and “Ashes”- whose legacy lives on in the literary landscape.

The play is available on the italiana Vimeo channel in Italian and with subtitles in Chinese, English, French and German.

‘Quasi Grazia’ (Almost Grazia)
by Marcello Fois
with Michela Murgia in the role of Grazia Deledda
and Lia Careddu, Valentino Mannias, Marco Brinzi, Giaime Mannias
directed by Veronica Cruciani
assistant director Lorenzo Terenzi
scenery and costumes Barbara Bessi
scenery and costumes assistant Laura Fantuzzo
traditional costumes Rita Cossu
lighting Gianni Staropoli – Loic Hamelin
stage director Marco Moledda
sound dramaturgy Francesco Medda Arrogalla
sound engineer Giorgia Mascia
photography Alessandro Cani
scenery made in collaboration with LARISO – Nuoro
a Sardegna Teatro production


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