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International Conference on Author and Playwright Pirandello

Monday, June 26 - 9:30 am
Aula Magna, Rectorate Building
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5, Rome

One hundred and fifty years after the birth of Luigi Pirandello, the three public universities of Rome will remember the work of the Sicilian author and playwright through a series of initiatives and an international conference. 

Pirandello’s works continue to be one of the most staged Italian plays, both in Italy and abroad; moreover, along with Dante and Shakespeare, Pirandello is the most read and translated author in the world. Pirandello was briefly a student at Sapienza and then Professor of Italian Language, Style and Precepts. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1934.

The opening day, chaired by the Rectors of the three Roman universities, will be attended by the Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Heritage, Culture and Tourism, Antimo Cesaro; Mayor of Agrigento, Calogero Filetto; President of the National Center of Pirandellian Studies in Agrigento, Stefano Milotto, and the President of the Institute of Pirandellian Studies and the Contemporary Theater of Rome, Paolo Petroni. 

Works will continue at 6 pm with a round table coordinated by Professors Emiliano Morreale, Luca Mazzei and Gabriele Pedullà from Sapienza, Tor Vergata and Roma Tre. Directors, screenwriters and writers Roberto Andò and Marco Bellocchio, actress Iaia Forte, stage photographer Tommaso Le Pera and actor, playwright and theatrical director Federico Tiezzi will be interviewed. 

The next meetings will held on June 27 and 28 at the Universities of Rome Tre and "Tor Vergata." Sapienza Professors Beatrice Alfonzetti and Roberto Giglucci, Rino Caputo and Florinda Nardi from "Tor Vergata" and Simona Costa and Roberto Salsano from Roma Tre will coordinate the works over the three days.

The conference is part of a cycle of events promoted for the 150th anniversary of the birth of Pirandello which, will be held not only in Rome, but also Philadelphia, Thessaloniki, Anzio, Zurich, Leuven, Johannesburg, New York, Dublin, Berlin, Munich, Vienna, Palermo, and Agrigento. The object of the initiatives is to investigate and improve our knowledge of the playwright and author through studies and research.