by MICHELE SANTERAMO
translated by allison einkerenkoetter
Italian Playwrights Project 1st edition (2015/17)
He is alone in the apartment. He hears some footsteps coming from the landing. Trying not to make a sound, he looks through the spyhole. He tells Greta when she comes home that he saw the neighbors. How were they? He cannot tell, seeing is not understanding, but he is scared. Why? Who knows? What about Greta? No, Greta is not afraid of the neighbors. She can’t wait to meet them. But she’s afraid of the Old Lady. Which old lady? The Old Lady she sees at night, the one who used to live in the building. This is a play about our fears, real and imagined, about ourselves and the other, about neighbors near and far, about war.
ABOUT THE Author:
Michele Santeramo. Author-actor, he wrote Nobili e Porci libri, Konfine (shortlisted for ENZIMI 2003), Accadue (VOCI DELL’ANIMA Award 2004), Murgia (special mention at GENERAZIONE SCENARIO 2003), Vico Angelo Custode, Sacco e Vanzetti loro malgrado, published by Editoria & Spettacolo.
He also wrote Le scarpe, Cirano, Sogno degli artigiani in 2007 and Fanculopensiero stanza 510. Sequestro all’italiana (finalist at Riccione per il Teatro Award 2009). He is author of Le Scarpe together with Teatro Minimo and co-produced by Fondazione Pontedera Teatro (2010) and La rivincita (2012). He won the Riccione Award Teatro Award 2011 for Il guaritore. In 2012 he wrote Il giorno del Signore.
About the Translator:
Allison Einkerenkoetter. A native of Philadelphia, Allison studied theatre at Rutgers University and was an M.F.A. graduate fellow in performance studies at Cornell.
She translated an excerpt of Stefano Massini's Something About the Lehmans (Mondadori 2016) for a public reading inside the Italian Playwrights Project at the Martin E. Segal Theatre.
In 2017, she translated Marco Calvani's After the Dark for the Author Directing Author Project at La Mama Experimental Theatre where she also served as assistant director for Neil LaBute's I Don't Know What I Can Save You From.
She also assistant directed Mr. Calvani's A View from Up Here in the Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway Short Play Festival.
In addition, she was part of actress/ producer Margherita Peluso's collaborative team for Marta Abba's book Caro Maestro for performances in New York and Italy.
In 2018, Allison will be a featured actor in Mr. Calvani's film A Better Half. Allison is a proud member of Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, and Dramatists Guild.