Working On A Special Day
Based on “Una Giornata Particolare” by Ettore Scola, Ruggero Maccari and adapted by Gigliola Fantoni
Translated by Danya Taymor, Ana Graham and Antonio Vega
Original staging concept by Laura Almela and Daniel Giménez Cacho
Directed and Performed by Ana Graham and Antonio Vega
A co-production with Por Piedad Teatro
Let’s pretend we’re Italians. Let’s pretend the theatre is an apartment building in Rome. Let’s pretend it’s 1938, Mussolini is in power and Hitler is visiting today. Let’s pretend we’re happy about it. And then, let us pose this question: Is fascism a political regime or a state of mind? Inspired by Ettore Scola’s Oscar-nominated story from stage and screen, two actors explore the life-changing encounter between an overworked housewife and a mysterious bachelor on May 8, 1938 – the day Rome celebrates Hitler’s visit to Mussolini’s Italy.
Using only simple props they create a bittersweet human drama that unfolds within the charged political landscape of rising fascism.
“Ana Graham and Antonio Vega are so engaging…fast pace, crack timing and almost whimsical inventiveness! Voila!” – THE NEW YORK TIMES