Ten stories just like this: third act is a “reasoned” act of provocation against the transversal, omnipresent Mafia network, which strives to defeat our collective consciousness and our ability to understand and react. It is the revelation of the complex links between the “legal” economy and the “criminal” economy, links that kill the free market and pose a grave threat to our future.
We started in 2012, digging through our memories, to remember those who fought against the Mafia. This start was the inevitable barebones of our experience. From then onwards, we travelled throughout the whole of Italy, developing the theme of the fight against organised crime, thanks to the help of several Italian universities and many witnesses who told us their stories. We met more than fifty people, and we would like to take this chance to think them. They were important encounters that allowed us to expand our awareness. Therefore, we have decided to focus on the present, on what happens now and what each of us can truly do, assuming the responsibility of a change that is difficult, but necessary.
NOTES FROM THE AUTHORS
We have developed the theme of choice. Organised crime is appropriating our economy but we didn’t realise it? Is it a form of mass distraction or are we complicit? The logic of merit, of rights changes, the rules of profit and the market change and we are incapable of reacting, left speechless and stunned. We have outlined the profile of people who colluded with the Mafia, thanks to whose complicity it was able to infiltrate all sectors of the economy. But not only that, it is not just with disillusionment that we can fight them. It is not the absence of commitment that saves us. Fortunately, there are those who oppose, risk, report, and outline feasible alternatives to this scourge. There are those who choose. We want to tell the tale of an Italy that is not well-known: the Mayor who fought Mafia logic that poisoned his city, the shopkeeper who refused to pay protection money, the journalist, the collaborator with justice, the witness. We want to introduce you to the strategies of a group of high school students, the challenge of various entrepreneurs, we want to show you an Italy that lives on: businesses, universities, and communities that put forward a different way of imagining economic resources and common spaces.
Emanuela Giordano – Giulia Minoli
Graduated in philosophy with a thesis on sign language, she specialises in communication. Studied screenwriting in New York. Founded the not-for-profit The Co2 Crisis Opportunity, an organisation in the social communication sector that trains students and young people with troubling backgrounds. With Co2, she has produced documentaries such as: Tanti occhi e una sola storia (Brazil, favela in Rocinha), Le Palestiniadi (Lebanon), and Memory hunters un anno dopo (L’Aquila, with Gianfranco Rosi). She has worked at the San Carlo Theatre in Naples since 2007, where she coordinates and organises Memus, the theatre’s museum. She created and co-wrote the show Ten stories just like this, born from meeting with the relatives of the innocent victims of crime and associations who now use land seized from the Mafia to create work. A project, The stage of legality (Il palcoscenico della legalità) developed from this intuition, which today has a national reach and features training pathways in schools (38,000 students involved) and in juvenile penitentiary centres (Airola, Malaspina), youth theatres, and a documentary film produced by Rai and Cinema and JMovie, which follows the stages of the project. She created Notte Bianca 2017 for the International Women’s House.
Author and director, she studied at the Silvio d’Amico National Academy of Dramatic Arts and La Sapienza University, in the drama course held by Eduardo De Filippo. She started writing and producing transmissions for Radio 3 Rai and for Terza Rete Rai TV. She has written and directed, amongst other things, for Lella Costa, Maddalena Crippa, Lina Sastri, Tosca, Lucrezia Lante della Rovere, Anna Galiena, Mascia Musy, and Isabella Ragonese. From 2013 to 2015, she was the Manager at the Rome House of Theatre and Contemporary Drama. She teaches at the Dacia Maraina drama school. She also collaborates with Lidia Ravera’s theatrical writing. She has taught theatre methods for people with mental illnesses at La Sapienza University. She has received awards for her documentaries, and they have been shown at the most important Italian and European festivals. The latest, Il Ghetto di Venezia, was presented at the Venice Cinema Festival, London, Geneva, Atlanta, Jerusalem, and Rome. Since 2011, she has worked on the project The stage of legality (Il palcoscenico della legalità) as a writer with Giulia Minoli, and is the director of Ten stories just like this and Waiting for the time that passes (Aspettando il tempo che passa), integral parts of the project. As a trainer, she works in juvenile penitentiary centres and schools. She created the Enea in viaggio project, was nominated for the Migrarti award in 2017, for her work on Olivier Kemeid’s Il Viaggio di Enea produced by the Theatre of Rome in collaboration with the National Theatre and Carcano Theatre, which she directed. She is the director and co-author of the documentary Ten stories just like this produced by JMovie and Rai Cinema.
Daria D’Aloia was born in Naples. In 2006, she graduated from the Silvio d’Amico National Academy of Dramatic Arts. She studied at the American Conservatory Theatre of San Francisco. She has previously worked with Massimo Chiesa, Eleonora d’Urso, Maurizio Panici, Lorenzo Salveti, Massimiliano Farau, Giancarlo Sepe, Emanuela Giordano, and Mario Ferrero. Since 2008, she has worked on the project The Kitchen Company and has put on comic texts by authors like Neil Simon and Michael Frayn. In 2010/11, she was a performer at the 2Mondi Festival. Since 2015, she has been a teacher at the Silvio d’Amico International Campus. She won the Olmo Prize for Theatre in 2016. Since 2012, she has been an actress and trainer for the project The stage of legality (Il palcoscenico della legalità).
Vincenzo d’Amato was born in Torre del Greco (Na). In 2007, he joins the Silvio d’Amico National Academy of Dramatic Arts, where he graduates as an actor in 2010 under the guide of Lorenzo Salveti. In 2013, he founded the “Bluteatro” company along with some of his peers, which has put on several productions and received national and international acclaim. Since 2015, he has been a student at the acting course at the Theatre of Rome. He has worked with Luca Ronconi, Valerio Binasco, Michele Placido, Eimunitas Nekrosius, Piero Maccarinelli, Max Farau, Liosette Baur, and Emanuela Giordano, amongst others. Since 2012, he has been an actor and trainer for the project The stage of legality (Il palcoscenico della legalità).
Tania Garribba was born in Naples and trained there in philosophy and theatre in the 90s, and first performed at the Nuovo Teatro Nuovo with the Libera Mente Company. Her most significant training includes working with Pippo Delbono, Socíetas Raffaello Sanzio, Théâtre du Soleil, Raffaella Giordano, Mariangela Gualtieri, and Juan Carlos Corazza. She has worked on productions with the Libera Mente Company, Davide Iodice, Sud Costa Occidentale, Emma Dante, La casa d’argilla, Lisa Ferlazzo Natoli, Pierpaolo Sepe, Zebre Théâtre, and Fabrice Dubusset. On the radio, she has worked for Rai Radio 3 (radio dramas, readings), and for Gabriele Salvatores in the cinema. Since 2012, she has been an actress and trainer for the project The stage of legality (Il palcoscenico della legalità
Valentina Minzoni was born in Faenza. After studying classical dance, she graduated in 2010 at the Academy of Performing Arts in Forli. She continued to train with Michele Monetta, Mauro Avogadro, Andrea Paciotto, and Giuseppe Rocca. Amongst others, she has worked with Emanuela Giordano, Mauro Avogadro, Martino D’Amico and Giulia Randazzo, along with who she was nominated for the Tindari Parados Prize. Since 2014, she has been an ambassador in schools for the Amref’s project Pinocchio nero and has taught children at the Padiglione Ludwig Theatre School. Since 2015, she has worked on the integrated theatre project Il viaggio di Enea and is an actress and trainer for the project The stage of legality (Il palcoscenico della legalità.
Alessio Vassallo was born in Palermo. He graduated from the Silvio d’Amico National Academy of Dramatic Arts in 2007, and formed a partnership with Luca Ronconi in the same year. He started acting in the theatre, before also working for the cinema and television. His television work includes La vita rubata, directed by Graziano Diana, Squadra antimafia, the series I Borgia: Faith and Fear and the two series of The Young Montalbano, directed by G. Tavarelli, where he plays the role of “Mimi” Augello with great success. His cinema work includes Viola di mare, directed by Donatella Maiorca, I baci mai dati by Roberta Torre and Fino a qui tutto bene by Roan Johnson. Since 2015, he has been an actor and trainer for the project The stage of legality (Il palcoscenico della legalità.