Created as a play with which the pupils from the Luchino Visconti course at the Piccolo Teatro Luca Ronconi School of Theatre graduated, Uomini e no, directed by Carmelo Rifici, was conceived and created - explained the director of the play and the school - “to give a group of young people the opportunity to take on an untraditional repertoire, with a stage play written by Michele Santeramo and based on the novel published by Elio Vittorini in 1945”.
Set in Milan between the spring and autumn of 1944, the piece tells the story of a group of partisans involved in a series of actions against the Nazi-fascist occupation of the city. “The choice of Uomini e no - continues Rifici -, with the agreement of Stefano Massini and Sergio Escobar, forms part of the Piccolo Teatro’s offering of contemporary playwriting. We were interested in a piece which was linked to Milan, and which was also perhaps a fertile terrain for an examination of the Italian language, in a period in which dubbing, cinema and TV often mars the relationship that the younger generations have with the literary language. The text is able to show the epidemic of violence, a disease which infects both factions, leading them towards a dangerous similarity. Nowadays it is very difficult to find such extreme ideological contrasts: unfortunately, that seed of indifference which Vittorini spoke of has exploded in full force”.
Uomini E No
Piccolo Teatro di Milano - Teatro d'Europa
By Michele Santeramo
From “Uomini e no” by Elio Vittorini
Directed by Carmelo Rifici