The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presents
When Franca Rame died on May 29, 2013 such was her renown as a stage performer, playwright, and left-wing activist that obituaries appeared in newspapers throughout the world, including The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Times (London). A central force in cabaret theatre, the cooperative theatre movement, and feminist theatre in Italy, she authored works that were translated into many languages. She collaborated closely with the actor-playwright Dario Fo throughout their almost sixty-year marriage. Fo called her his muse and openly asked her to share his 1997 Nobel Prize at the award ceremony in Stockholm.
This tribute will include short readings in English and videos selected from Rame's many feminist monologues, which include Lo stupro (The rape), in which she dramatized her 1973 kidnap and rape by Italian fascists; Una donna sola (A woman alone); and Tutta casa, letto e chiesa (It's all housework, bed and church). Joining a conversation about Rame will be independent scholar Dr. Jane House, cotranslator and coeditor of two volumes of Italian drama covering the period from 1900 to 2000.