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The Payback by Michele Santeramo staged at Odeon Theatre

The reading performance “The Payback” by Michele Santeramo will take place tomorrow as of 7.30 p.m. at the Studio Hall of the Bucharest Odeon Theatre, in the presence of its author and will be followed by discussions with the audience, according to Mediafax. The show directed by Vlad Cristache is organized within the project “Fabulamundi. Playwriting Europe”. The entrance is free of charge.
In addition, Michele Santeramo will hold a drama writing workshop at the Bucharest University of Theatre and Film on Wednesday between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Michele Santeramo, author-actor was born on August 22 1974. He has been writing many theatre plays since 2001, with the majority having been published and staged in the same year. He won the Riccione per il Teatro Award 2011 with “Il guaritore”. In 2011 he wrote “La rivincita/The Payback” and in 2012 “Il giorno del Signore”.
“I’d define myself as a living author rather than a contemporary one. My works often deal with people with a strong connection to the land they live on. Another key element is the South, meant not as a geographical place but as a social dimension everyone can belong to, either you live in Vienna or Tunis. A South inhabited by disadvantaged people who still claim their right to live,” Michele Santeramo said in the release.
In “The Payback”, Vincenzo works the land. The pesticides used in agriculture have caused him a form of sterility and he can’t give his wife a baby. They expropriated the land he used to live off and he ends up tangled up in a net of lent money, difficulties, problems. A story about the land and creature comforts, with no room for desire.
The project “Fabulamundi. Playwriting Europe”, a winning project of the Culture Programme 2007-2013, seeks to promote the contemporary dramaturgy, translators, drama writers and their works, with the support of Italian, France, Spain, Germany and Romanian theatre institutions. The project was initiated by the PAV Association based in Rome, and co-organized by Off Limits (Madrid, Spain) and the Targu-Mures National Theatre. The 2013-2014 edition includes translations and reading performances around the theme the dangerous opportunity, as well as drama writing workshops.
The project kicks off on November 12 at the Odeon Theatre and will continue next year with new authors from Spain, Germany and France.

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