Staged reading Tre quarti di luna by Luigi Squarzina

CFZ Ca' Foscari Zattere
plus MAY, 23 2014

In collaboration with the Department of Philosophy and the Cultural Heritage at Ca’ Foscari University, Venice and Accademia Teatrale Veneta, the Centre for Studies on Theatre has promoted a staged reading of an early
play by Luigi Squarzina, Tre quarti di luna (“Three-quarters Moon”) written in 1949. Before he died the playwright presented his library to the Fondazione Cini, which wishes to commemorate
him with initiatives like this staged reading.
First performed by Vittorio Gassman, Anna Proclemer and Luca Ronconi, the play was staged at the Teatro Valle, Rome in 1953. Today it is reinterpreted by second-year students on an acting
course at the Accademia Teatrale Veneta, directed by the actress Paola Bigatto.
The action takes place in the Fascist period and develops around the theme of the masterpupil, professor-student relationship, to the background of the Gentile educational reform.
The school environment is extended to become a mirror of life and history: “the school has the healthy ferocity of life… anyone who really educates is killed or kills”.