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The Deceived

2013/2014: The Goliardic University Theater

May 26, 27 and 28, 2014 at 9 p.m.

LUISS Guido Carli, Giardini dell’Università, Viale Pola, 12 - Roma

Each year, the LUISS Theater Workshop bases its work around a specific theme or historical period, so that students can get to know, understand and compare different authors and topics that present new complexities of expression and realization.

This is why we have chosen a totally new topic this year, one which is richly evocative: the goliardic university theater of the sixteenth century.

Goliardìa refers to that particular spirit that animated student academies at the first Italian universities. Pisa, Siena, Bologna. the Lunatici, the Rozzi, the Informi, and the Occulti combined medieval stage traditions, which were in decline by then, with the beginnings of the new classical theater, creating a new and brilliant way of interpreting reality.

Their production was vast: comedies, songs, nursery rhymes, mystery plays, parades, masquerades that involved students and professors in a big, carnivalesque, theatrical “happening” that overturned roles and hierarchies.

From the many texts that are still in existence, we have chosen The Deceived, a collective work of the academy of the Intronati of Siena in the sixteenth century, in which the structure and techniques of the classic comedies of Plautus and Terence meet the characters of the Commedia dell’Arte. This is a work that has inspired many playwrights over the year, including William Shakespeare with Twelfth Night.

To avoid it becoming a philological work, the text will be revised to make it more modern, both linguistically and musically (by adding post-war Italian pop music). Its essence will remain unchanged, even as it blends with other elements. What do the antics of the Commedia dell’Arte and the Ricchi e Poveri have to do with it? Lucio Battisti and Matamoro? Umberto Tozzi and those rejected in love? Rita Pavone and fathers who have been duped? That’s what students will discover as they rework and recreate the original text, combining acting, singing, dancing and improvisation.

Student actors

  • Agnese Gorgoglione
  • Alessandra Gesualdi
  • Alessandro Adamo
  • Andrea Giulia Monteleone
  • Anna Gioia Apreda
  • Camilla Gentili
  • Carlo Asta
  • Carlo Ferrero
  • Carlotta Varriale
  • Cecilia Menichella
  • Daniela Ceci
  • Danilo Capezzani
  • Deneuve Presicce
  • Diletta Aliotta
  • Elena Nafissi
  • Eugenia Brandimarte
  • Filippo Iori
  • Francesco Tamburini
  • Gianluca De Matteis
  • Giorgia Di Gianvito
  • Giorgio Lucantonio
  • Giovanna Benvegna
  • Giovanni Parlatore
  • Giovanni Visaggio
  • Giulia Ceccarelli
  • Giulia Di Lorenzo
  • Giulia Rosato
  • Giuseppe Mangiaracina
  • Ilaria Pietrangeli
  • Jacopo Resti
  • Julija Stevanovic
  • Laura Cardile
  • Margherita Pennetta
  • Maria Murrone
  • Maria Pernice
  • Mariachiara Gramegna
  • Mariaenrica Pugliese
  • Martina Rotolo
  • Martina Vairo
  • Pasquale Simonelli
  • Roberto Di Paolo
  • Salvatore Lamuraglia
  • Selene Petremolo
  • Simonetta Baratta