by GIULIANA MUSSO
translated by PATRICIA GABORIK
Italian Playwrights Project 2nd edition (2018/19)
My Hero is made up of three distinct monologues. The protagonists of the monologues are three mothers of as many Italian soldiers who took part in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission in Afghanistan during the years 2008-2010. Two of these mothers lost their son in battle. The three women are very different from each other for social extraction, geographic origin, cultural level and personality, but they share the experience of having a soldier's son. Mothers' talk interlaces memories of childhood, stories of tragic events, considerations on their child’s choices
Characters are inspired by existing people and real-life events.
ABOUT THE Author:
Giuliana Musso is an actress and playwright. Born in Vicenza in 1970. Lives in Udine.
Since 2001 she has been writing and producting narrative and investigative works; her work is characterized by its blend of oral testimony, comedy and lyricism.
Her first trilogy was about the "fundamentals" of life, birth, sex and death: Born in the Home (2001), Sexmachine (2005) and Tanti Saluti (2008).
In 2009 she began an exploration of the history and structure of the patriarchy with La città ha fondamenta sopra un misfatto (2010), inspired by Medea;Stimmen by Christa Wolf, La Fabbrica dei preti (2012) on Life and Training in Italian seminaries before Concilum Vat II; and Mio Eroe (2016), the contemporary war in the voices of some military mothers whose sons died in Afghanistan.
Other writing and productions were: Indemoniate, on a case of female collective hysteria in Friuli at the end of the nineteenth century; La base , a theatrical investigative laboratory on the construction of the US military base "Ederle 2" in Vicenza; Dreams, a dance-show on over-indebtedness.
Since 2008 her production house is La Corte Ospitale, Rubiera (RE).
Critic Award 2005
Cassino Off Award 2017 for Mio Eroe
Hystrio Prize for Dramaturgy 2017
Nati in casa video was published in the "Teatro in- Civile" series, Ed. The Manifesto. Nati in casa is published in the anthology “Senza Corpo” and Ed. Minimum Fax. The dvd of Tant Saluti is published in “Storie Necessarie” Ed. Rai Cinema and Argot Productions. La città ha fondamenta sopra un misfatto is published in the anthology Donne che non seguono il copione Ed. Aracne.
About the Translator: