Il teatro comico di Georges Feydeau III
«When I find myself in front of a sheet of paper, in the heat of work, I do not analyze my heroes, but I watch them act, I hear them speak. In a way they materialize, and they are, for me, real beings. Their image is imprinted on my memory, not only physically, but also in terms of the memory of the moment in which they enter the scene, and the door through which they enter. I possess my play, just as a chess player possesses the chessboard; I have imprinted on my mind the various positions that the pawns (my characters) have gone to occupy. In other words, I am aware of their simultaneous and subsequent evolution. And this evolution is limited to a certain number of movements. Don’t forget that movement is the essential condition of theatre, and consequently (and I say this in all honesty, since so many masters have supported it) the main dowry of the playwright…».
(Georges Feydeau during an interview with Adolphe Brisson in 1901)
In addition to unpublished plays, the book collects theatrical texts absent from the Italian publishing scene for about forty years. This is complemented by numerous in-depth essays that explain in detail the linguistic structure of Feydeau’s works, the historical context in which they were conceived and the difference between three theatrical genres that are often the subject of confusion: farce, vaudeville and pochade.
(edited by Pasquale Calvino and Annamaria Martinolli. The book is in Italian language)
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