La sua parte di storia

Debut: Welturauffürung (World Premiere), Wien, Volkstheater, 3 November 1958

Direction / Richtung Luigi Squarzina – Ernst Schoen
Scenography/Bühnenbild Christof Heyduck
Costume designer/Kostüme Maxi Tschunko

 Characters and performers

Patricia Taylor, Inspektorin der Stiftung
Inspector of the Foundation
Elisabeth Epp
Ezra Shaber, Ph. D., Sachberater der Stiftung
Consultant of the Foundation
Hans Rüdgers
Dave Fletcher, M.D., Leiter der ärztl. Mission
head of the health mission
Hannes Schiel
Gail Tibbett, M.D., seine Assistentin
sua assistente, membro della missione
Lotte Ledl
Constance, Krankenschwester
nurse, member of the mission
Ingold Platzer
Der Wachtmeister der Carabinieri
The Marshal
Otto Woegerer
Der Polizeischreiber
The lance
Erich Margo
Der Sanitätsinspektor der Insel
The health inspector
Viktor Gschmeidler
Dr. Manuel Foddis, Gemeindearzt
Ludwig Blaha
Amsicora, Gemeindearchivar
municipal archivist
Heinrich Trimbur
Mical, Kohlenbrenner
Anton Gaugl
Virginia, Tochter des Postboten
postman's sister
Paola Loew
Marru, Verwandter des Postboten
relative of the postman
Sieghardt Rupp
Tascedda, Bettlerin
Martha Hartmann
Tandeddu Fois Edgar Melhardt
Pietro Sanna Karl Blühm
Bannedda Campus Gerti Gunsam
Rita Gavoi Grete Wagner
Pontiano Monni, Schäfer
Walter Gynt
Burecca, Ausrufer
Julius Habermann
Zwei Männer
Two men
Hans Normann
Franz Haas
Erster Carabiniere
First Carabiniere
Walter Langer
Jüngerer Carabiniere
Younger Carabiniere
Kuty Mejstrik
Security guard
Joe Trummer

Debutto italiano: Venezia, Teatro La Fenice, XXI Festival Internazionale del Teatro di Prosa, 26 settembre 1962.

Direction Gianfranco De Bosio
Set Gianni Polidori
Costume Luciano Spadoni
Commento sonoro Sergio Liberovici
Production Teatro Stabile di Torino

Characters and performers

Patricia Taylor, ispettrice della Fondazione Laura Adani
Ezra Shaber, consulente della Fondazione Osvaldo Ruggieri
Dave Fletcher, capo della missione sanitaria Gualtiero Rizzi
Gail Tibbett, sua assistente, membro della missione Carla Gravina
Constance, infermiera, membro della missione Wally Salio
l Maresciallo dei Carabinieri Carlo Bagno
The lance Bob Marchese
The health inspector Mimmo Craig
Dr. Manuel Foddis, medico condotto Giulio Oppi
Amsicora, archivista comunale Franco Parenti
Mical, carbonaio Sandro Rocca
Virginia, sorella del postino Cecilia Sacchi
Marru, parente del postino Ferruccio Casacci
Tascedda, mendicante Ada Vaschetti
I barracelli Alessandro Esposito
Adolfo Bonomi
Gli agenti Roberto Bisacco
Renzo Rossi
Gli arrestati Carlo Baroni
Wilma Deusebio
Q. Massimo Foschi
Claudia Giannotti
Alfredo Piano
Corrado Valletta
Anna Maria Viazzo
Virgilio Zernitz 

Written between 1952 and 1955, this third theatrical work by Squarzina tells the story of the investigation conducted by the Carabinieri into the murder of a postman in a remote town in Sardinia, where the young doctor Gail Tibbet, sent with her team by a major American medical foundation, has generously engaged in treating a polio epidemic that has stricken the children there, thus winning the townspeople’s trust. But after this bloody incident, Gail accuses herself of incitement to murder because, by publicly denouncing the postman for having pocketed the money sent home by emigrants, she set off the vendetta that killed him. Only in the end does Gail recant, after another crime of vendetta and strong pressure from the foundation’s authorities hurrying to the scene for a duly publicized official ceremony honouring the work of the doctor and of the foundation itself.

The characters’ story is clearly and meaningfully set against the backdrop of a society of shepherds, entirely alienated from any form of economic development, and the cynical, arrogant American policy of the 1950’s. La sua parte di storia was honoured with the Premio Pescara in 1955, it was staged for the first time not in Italy but at the Volkstheater in Vienna in November 1958, directed by G. O. Leutner, and in Düsseldorf in December that same year. In Italy it was broadcast as a radio drama by RAI’s Terzo Programma channel in 1958, with the playwright himself directing. It finally made its Italian premier in 1962 at Festival di Venezia dal Teatro Stabile di Torino, directed by Gianfranco De Bosio.

“My wish was to define, using a natural example, the relationship between the American omnipotence of the 1950s and the nothingness of the inland area of an island cut off from economic, social, and cultural development. A world entirely closed within itself, where the established authorities are looked upon with suspicion and distrust”.

Luigi Squarzina

From E. Testoni, Dialoghi con Luigi Squarzina, Firenze, Le Lettere, 2015, p. 111






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