A NOTEBOOK FOR WINTER
(Un quaderno per l’Inverno)
by ARMANDO PIROZZI
translated by ADRIANA ROSSETTO
Italian Playwrights Project 2nd edition (2018/19)
A Notebook for Winter is a two-actor-piece which in three acts and tells the story of an introvert professor of literature who finds a burglar on his way back home. The knife-wielding burglar wants something unexpected from him: it is a question of life or death. During the entire night the two characters talk, exchange ideas, feelings, ask painful questions out of hope and desperation, in a completely new and unexpected atmosphere. They will meet again years later, both affected by that night. Although their personal memory of that night is different, yet it may have triggered a change in both of them, by offering a further comprehension and awareness of each other. The key idea is based on the power of writing as a way to directly impact reality: the wonder resilience of poetry is not seen as a literary exercise, but rather as a vibrant force which affects life.
ABOUT THE Author:
Armando Pirozzi was born in Naples on the 4th of October 1973. He wrote and directed “Cronache da un Tempo Isterico” which obtained the special production award “Nuove Sensibilità 2008” and went onstage during the Turin Teatro a Corte Festival of 2009 (SE POSSIBILE METTEREI IL MESE VICINO ALLA DATA, ANZICHE’ ESTATE). His piece “La Prima della Sera” opened the Theatre Fringe Festival in Naples, Italy, in 2009.
His following piece “Attraverso il Furore”, was written on Meister Eckhart and directed by Massimiliano Civica; it was premiered at the Armunia - Inequilibrio Festival of Castiglioncello in July 2011. “Soprattutto l’Anguria” was shortlisted at Premio Riccione of 2009 and then brought onstage by Massimiliano Civica during the Romaeuropa Festival.
His 2013 work “Hard Times” was shortlisted at Premio Riccione. “Altamente Volatile” was written in 2015 for the school recital for the end of his third year at the Accademia d’Arte Drammatica Silvio D’Amico. It was directed by Massimiliano Civica.
Pirozzi wrote “Il Cielo in una Stanza”, with Emanuele Valenti in 2016, who brought it onstage with the troupe Punta Corsara at the Theatre Festival in Naples, Italy.
His latest piece “Un Quaderno per l’Inverno” premiered at the Fabbricone theatre in Prato, under the direction of Massimiliano Civica, in March 2017.
About the Translator:
Adriana Rossetto is an international actress with a predilection for raw, socially progressive work with avant-garde esthetics. She graduated from the conservatory program at the Stella Adler Studio, class of 2014. Recent credits include Post:Death, directed by Theresa Buchheister at The Brick Theatre (Title:Point), A Doll House (Dorset Theatre Festival reading series), Rocco Chelsea Adriana Sean Claudia Gianna Alex (a stage reading at The Actors Studio) - opening at HERE Arts Center in February 2019. Adriana is a resident actress and Director of Development at John Gould Rubin’s The Private Theatre, resident actress and board member at Vieve Price's TEA Creative and Artistic Associate of Valeria Orani’s Umanism. Past training include the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London) and NIDA (Sydney).