Their plays are always born from paradox, the influence of Samuel Beckett can be felt, and the atmosphere harks back to the theatre of the absurd. The group has its roots in the Centro Internazionale La Cometa in Rome, where a nucleus formed around which the company was founded in 2008. Lafabbrica consists of five women: Elisa Bongiovanni, Fabiana Iacozzilli (director), Marta Meneghetti, Ramona Nardò and Giada Parlanti. Working with them as actors or assistants are Simone Barraco and Francesco Zecca, and in the past they have also worked with Matteo Latino.
Three main plays form the chapters of the Trilogia dell'attesa: Aspettando Nil, Quando saremo grandi and Hansel e Gretel: Il giorno dopo. These pieces investigate various aspects of the concept of waiting, taking shape around other plays which tackle the same themes including, among other things, fairy stories. The workshop and improvisation stage takes the group up to the writing of the final script. Aspettando Nil won several awards, including New York's Underground Zero Festival in 2010 and the PlayFestival in 2013. Quando saremo grandi was a finalist at the 2009 Scenario; Hansel e Gretel: Il giorno dopo, which featured Francisco Espejo's dramaturgy, debuted at the Teatro Vascello in Rome. Reviewers found in these frozen shows and their disorientated characters a reference to the “blocked” life of their own generation. After having appeared at the Piccolo Theatre in Milan, Lafabbrica has been resident at the Vascello Theatre in Rome since 2014.
The first show that does not spring from one of their collective scripts but from a pre-existing drama is The Seagull by Chekhov (with costumes by Gianmaria Esposito and production designer by Matteo Zenardi). Now that they have a home and can rehearse their work inside the Vascello, they are working – with “a long gestation” – on their upcoming debut. It will take place in the Vascello at the start of the 2016-2017 season.
The story has been written by Francesco Longo, writer.
Five women and their love of the Theatre of the Absurd. The resident company at the Vascello Theatre in Rome since 2014.