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Contemporary #5. Elena Ferrante: Books and Plays



Contemporary #5. Elena Ferrante: Books and Plays

Contemporary #5. Elena Ferrante: Books and Plays

With the partecipation of Ann Goldstein, Melly Still, Monica Dolan e Monica Capuani.

Elena Ferrante’s overwhelming fame exceeded the boundaries of literature: in fact, several films and theatre plays have been based on her works, such as the movies L’amore molesto (Troubling Love, directed by Mario Martone, 1995) and I giorni dell’abbandono (The Days of Abandonment, directed by Roberto Faenza, 2005), until the recent adaptation My brilliant friend (adaptation by April De Angelis, directed by Melly Still, 2017).

Monica Capuani will discuss Elena Ferrante’s figure between literature and theatre with Ann Goldstein, Melly Still and Monica Dolan.

Ann Goldstein lives in New York, where she is an editor at The New Yorker. She has translated an incredibly diverse range of Italian authors, among them Leopardi, Pasolini, Ferrante, Piperno, Levi, and Baricco. She began translating for pleasure, out of passion, and has become a standard setter as well as an important interlocutor for anyone involved in the field of literary translation.

Melly Still is a director, designer and choreographer. She has worked as designer and co-director on many productions including the RSC's version of Tales from Ovid and Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie at the Royal National Theatre. She recently directed the adaptation My brilliant friend at the Rose Theatre Kingston.

Monica Dolan has appeared extensively on television and films; her most notable role was as killer Rosemary West in ITV’s 2011 drama Appropriate Adult, for which she won the BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress. She also appeared onstage as, among others, Lady Macbeth in Max Stafford­Clark’s ground-breaking production of Macbeth with Out Of Joint. She has worked extensively on the radio in new plays, series and adaptations and won the BBC Audio Award for Best Actress in 2016. She recently recorded the third book in Elena Ferrante’s Neopolitan Novels series, as part of “Reading Europe - Italy” adapted by Timberlake Wertenbaker for Radio 4.

Monica Capuani is a freelance cultural journalist for important Italian magazines such as L’Espresso, L’Europeo, io Donna, Elle. She is also a literary translator from English and French, having translated more than seventy novels, and of English and American Drama, bringing several plays to the Italian stage, most recently The Pride by Alexi Kaye Campbell, directed and interpreted by Luca Zingaretti.



Date: Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Time: From 7:00 pm To 9:00 pm

Organized by : ICI London

Entry : Free


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