"The little girl in the red coat" and the color of the rag dolls.


"Life lives you or you live it. I like to live it, "says Sasa Russo, ready to make discoveries and méttersi in play," to risk, "to leave. "I have been to Tirana, to Mostar, in Africa, to all places where I can get in touch with something, in places where I can look for some truth," he says. He was also in Auschwitz. «A Jewish friend had given me a book," The little girl with the red coat "from Rome Ligocka, published four years ago by Mondadori, memoirs of a Polish Jewish girl during the war.

The story of his continued escape from the Nazis, who had captured and sent his grandmother and father to Auschwitz, who managed to survive. So I left for those places, for Krakow, where I verified how the stories of Rome were all true, had correspondences in reality,. were not a literary creation. And in the end I also got in touch with her, via e-mail ».

. From this experience the theatrical text «The little girl with the red coat» was born, a title that had already inspired Steven Spielberg and the only colored figure of the Nazi raid in the ghetto of the film «Schindler's list».

The same Russo has staged it and plays it Eleonora Micali until November 19 at the Testaccio Theater, On stage the only one, color is that of two rag dolls, which represent the mother and the woman who took care of Rome during the his escape of "black hole" in "black hole" as he calls in his shelters of that time where he found himself next to other "skins", since he never defines them neither bodies, let alone people, but only with this external physical term .

"The little girl with the red coat" is a dialogue of the protagonist today, when she writes her own memoirs and deals with art, with herself a child in a German terrified by the Germans: "A journey, the one in the past of Rome and mine in the places of his childhood, the discovery of that reality. A dialogue that Micali builds with two different tones of voices, with a gap in the continuous passage between the two roles ", concludes Russo, who, after having attended a theatrical and cinematographic writing course, has discovered this medium that has released his "need to say something". And is already working on the next show, an. now a trip, the one in Africa where, with a tent and a | sleeping bag, he found himself alone with himself in a world | new. Always debut at Testaccio on 3 May 2007.

P. Petr.