Ariosto As Seen By Calvino

Where do things that are lost on Earth go? Orlando loses his mind on the Moon, the place of all our aspirations and the sum of all stories; he is its prisoner. And what’s left? Forever on his quest, Orlando travels across a barren, now moon-like Earth. He finds the solution to his story in the Tarot, in interwoven fragments of a poem that restore his senses amidst Kings and Queens of swords, Knights of clubs, Chariot, Sun and Fool. Based on an idea by Pietrangelo Buttafuoco, we experience an encounter between Ariosto and Calvino (whose centenary falls in 2023) that becomes fertile ground for an evocative narrative in which missed opportunities become simultaneous plots brimming with new developments. Graziano Piazza directs the play while performing with Viola Graziosi, Irene Paoloma Jona, and Nicola Morucci.

from an idea by Pietrangelo Buttafuoco
loosely based on Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso
and texts by Italo Calvino
direction and dramaturgy Graziano Piazza
Teatro Stabile d’Abruzzo, Teatro Stabile Torino – Teatro nazionale