Piccolo Teatro Grassi

An international project to revalue the French playwright of the eighteenth century

by Marivaux

from 23 to 27 November 2022

Small Grassi Theater
Via Rovello, 2 – M1 Cordusio

The comedy of the most important French playwright of the eighteenth century arrives in Milan in its first Italian translation. Six characters confronted on the theme of love, between intrigues and traps, longings and laughter, the path of feeling to escape the impositions of reason.

Translation by Beppe Navello
with Lorenzo Gleijeses, Daria Pascal Attolini, Marcella Favilla,
Stefano Moretti, Fabrizio Martorelli, Giuseppe Nitti
directed by Beppe Navello
sets and costumes Luigi Perego
music by Germano Mazzocchetti
lights Casprini Bear

A European Theater Association production
in collaboration with the Teatro della Toscana Foundation

Wednesday and Friday, 8.30 pm; Thursday and Saturday, 7.30 pm; Sunday, 4 pm.
Prices: audience 33 euros, balcony 26 euros
Information and reservations +39 02 21126116

As part of the international project “Marivaux: the utopias”, aimed at revaluing and spreading the knowledge of the greatest French playwright of the eighteenth century, one of his important comedy, The second surprise of love, arrives on the stage of the Piccolo Teatro Grassi, its first full translation into Italian. The show, premiered in Milan after its debut last year at the Teatro della Pergola in Florence, will be staged from 23 to 27 November with the direction and translation by Beppe Navello.

The text, considered a French masterpiece of rare introspective subtlety, sees the six characters on stage pining to get to know themselves, constantly analyzing that alchemy between the emotions of the heart and the determinations of reason which in the end reveal, precisely with surprise, the invincible force of love.

“Marivaux’s – says Navello – is a complex and articulated text that requires a more mature acting experience, even if it tells the story of five young people in search of love and only one character of a decidedly adult age. Amour is the word that recurs most frequently in the titles of Marivaux’s plays and also in this case, the six characters confront each other closely on the theme: as almost always in Marivaux, everything is clear and complete from the first scene, from the first match. But everything still remains to be understood and above all to be said. Love exists and dominates, even if you want to exile it for fear that it will cause too much suffering; and it is up to the actors to involve the spectators in this exciting and unstoppable quest ”.

The production, created by the European Theater Association in collaboration with Teatro della Toscana Teatro Nazionale and with the support of MIC Directorate General for Entertainment, stars Lorenzo Gleijeses, Daria Pascal Attolini, Marcella Favilla, Fabrizio Martorelli, Stefano Moretti and Giuseppe Nitti. The sets and costumes are signed by Luigi Perego, the music composed by Germano Mazzocchetti, the lights by Orso Casprini.

In addition to the project that encourages the culture and knowledge of Marivaux in Italy, on Saturday 26 November, at 17:00 at the Chiostro Nina Vinchi, the first three volumes of Marivaux’s play translated into Italian will be presented. editorial that has a total of seven volumes, published by Cue Press editions. Introducing and illustrating the work will be Claudio Longhi, director of the Piccolo Teatro, Paola Ranzini (Institut Universitaire de France-Avignon Université), curator of the editorial project, Beppe Navello, translator of some of the works contained therein, Mattia Visani, director of CuePress and Ena Marchi, editorial manager for Adelphi edizioni and co-translator, with Enrico D’Amato of the Triumph of love. To participate in the meeting, you must book by writing an email to piccolo.stampa@piccoloteatromilano.it

After having completed university studies in Italy and in France, he trained theatrically at the Teatro Stabile di Torino as assistant director of Mario Missiroli, between 1977 and 1981. His first directorships are based on contemporary texts: at the Teatro Stabile dell’Aquila, in 1983, he directed Tonight from Tosti by Alberto Gozzi and at the Teatro Stabile in Turin, in the same year, The house of the engineer by Siro Ferrone, based on The cognition of pain by Carlo Emilio Gadda. In those years he also began to collaborate with the cultural programs of RAI, signing hundreds of texts and radio directions for the three national networks of the public broadcaster.
The first appointment as director of the Teatro Stabile dell’Aquila was in 1986. His most important direction: Siro Ferrone’s Oblomov’s Dream, and a serial theater experiment: The Three Musketeers, which lasted the entire ’86 / ’87 season. Between 1990 and 1993 he directed the Teatro di Sardegna, in Cagliari, where he directed the Il Gioco delle parti by Luigi Pirandello, the Vampire by Angelo Brofferio and the Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen. Between 1994 and 1997 he returned to the direction of the Teatro Stabile dell’Aquila (directed by Ibsen’s La donna del mare, Il Misantropo by Molière, Il Case Papaleo by Ennio Flaiano). Later, with a private company, he signs the direction of Alfieri! Alfieri !, The Builder Solness of Ibsen and Miss Julie of Strindberg. He also signed, together with a French and a Belgian director, the staging of Brecht’s Le cercle de craie caucasien at the Aix-en-Othe Festival and at the Théâtre de la Villette in Paris (1997).
In 2001 he founded the International Festival “European Theater” which later became “Teatro a Corte” because it traveled through the Savoy residences of Piedmont: until 2017, the festival grew under the banner of Italian-French friendship (more than one hundred companies from across the Alps invited over the years), becoming a reference point for European innovation in particular for in-situ creations. From 2007 to 2017 he directed the Fondazione Teatro Piemonte Europa in Turin, recognized by the Ministry of the Stable Theater of Innovation, then promoted to a Theater of Relevant Cultural Interest and which since 2010 has obtained the management of the Astra Theater in Turin. For that stage, in the same period, he created numerous successful shows presented in the billboards of the major Italian theaters, including: Women informed about the facts by Carlo Fruttero, Dette d’amour d’Eugène Durif, Il Divorzio by Vittorio Alfieri, Il Divorzio Triumph of the God Money by Marivaux, One of the last evenings of Goldoni’s Carnovale; and has promoted, inviting foreign directors (Jean Claude Penchenat, Myriam Tanant, Robert Talarczik), bilingual shows with Italian, French and Polish actors: Cinema! (in two versions, Italian French and Polish); Bar Franco Italien; Remake. From February to May 2017 he occupied the same Teatro Astra with the imposing scenographic site designed by Luigi Perego for a re-edition of the saga of The Three Musketeers in eight episodes, taking up the texts written thirty years earlier for the Teatro Stabile dell’Aquila by major Italian playwrights: an adventure that involved a hundred workers of the show including about fifty young actors and that fascinated the Turin public every week for forty-eight performances in eight episodes, each directed by different directors (Navello himself, Gigi Proietti, Piero Maccarinelli, Myriam Tanant, Andrea Baracco, Robert Talarczyk, Ugo Gregoretti and Emiliano Bronzino).
Since 2019, BN sits on the Scientific Committee of the international project, supported by the Institut Universitaire de France, Marivaux et les scènes européennes led by Paola Ranzini of the University of Avignon: among other initiatives, the publication of Marivaux’s Omnia in Italian at the publisher Cue Press. The first volume has been in bookstores since September 2021 and on November 23, 2021, the second surprise of love debuted at the Pergola in Florence for the first time in Italian, with the translation and direction, in fact, by Beppe Navello.
Since 2015 he has been a director of the Alliance Française of Turin and in 2021 he was appointed director of the Teatro Regio in Turin by the Minister of Culture.
In his professional career, Beppe Navello has directed, among others: Paolo Bonacelli, Carmen Scarpitta, Caterina Vertova, Elia Schilton, Gianni Garko, Domiziana Giordano, Laura Lattuada, Pina Cei, Maddalena Crippa, Giustino Durano, Lina Sastri, Roberto Alpi, Giorgio Albertazzi, Anna Galiena, Romina Mondello, Lino Capolicchio, Giuseppe Pambieri, Daniela Poggi, Patrizia Zappa Mulas, Franca Valeri, Geneviève Penchenat, Antonino Juorio.

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