Francesco Macedonio (1927-2014)

19/03/2020

Born in Idria, a town not far from Gorizia, currently in Slovenian territory to a family of musicians, after his education in various colleges in the area, he became an elementary school teacher. His passion for theatre was soon born also through cinema and circus. After the end of the Second World War he had the opportunity to play the role of director in Gorizia.

The great opportunity comes in 1967, when for the Teatro Stabile del Friuli-Venezia Giulia in Trieste he directs a text by Vittorio Franceschi, Gorizia 1916, played by Franceschi himself. Since then Macedonio became the stable director of the Teatro del Friuli-Venezia Giulia, directing the famous company of the "twelve", the actors who for many years constituted the fixed reference group for the production stagings. Among the shows staged for the Stabile, Sior Todero brontolon with Corrado Gaipa, Il mio Carso, Avvenimento nella città di Goga with Gabriele Lavia, Casa di bambola with Ludovica Modugno and Carlo Montagna, L'idealista with Corrado Pani, Vecchio mondo with Lina Volonghi, I rusteghi, as well as the very successful trilogy in Trieste dialect by Carpinteri and Faraguna Le Maldobrie, Noi delle vecchi province and L'Austria era un paese ordinato: one of the greatest hits in recent Trieste theatre history.

In 1969 he directed Il mio Carso by Scipio Slataper, set design by Emanuele Luzzati and costumes by Sergio D'Osmo. Among the actors we can remember Mimmo Lo Vecchio, Orazio Bobbio, Ariella Reggio, Lino Savorani, Gianfranco Saletta, Giorgio Valletta and Lidia Braico. His career continues not only at the Teatro Stabile del Friuli-Venezia Giulia, but also in Rijeka for the Italian Drama of Rijeka, or, always in Rijeka for the Croatian Drama (Hrvatska Drama), in Ljubljana for the Slovensko Narodno Drama, in Bologna for Nuova Scena.

In 1976, together with actors Orazio Bobbio, Ariella Reggio and Lidia Braico, Macedonio founded the Teatro Popolare La Contrada (now called La Contrada - Teatro Stabile di Trieste), of which he was artistic director until his death. In this capacity he staged several dozen shows, ranging from theatre in Trieste dialect to the Italian language, from the brilliant repertoire to the dramatic one, up to numerous productions for children's theatre. He also staged some shows for the "Piccoli" company of Podrecca and some operas and operettas for the Giuseppe Verdi Theatre in Trieste.

Among the most recent stagings are El mulo Carleto and El serpente de l'Olimpia by Roberto Damiani inspired by the operas and figure of Angelo Cecchelin, Antonio Freno by Macedonio-Perno, L'assente by Bruno Maier, L'Americano di San Giacomo, Un nido di memorie, L'ultimo carneval and I Ragazzi di Trieste by Tullio Kezich, Classe di ferro by Aldo Nicolaj, Due Paia di Calze di seta by Vienna and Cosa Sterà la gente? by Carpinteri and Faraguna, Dancing with Cecilia by Pino Roveredo, Ecco un uomo libero by Tom Stoppard, I rusteghi by Goldoni and I Ragazzi Irresistibili by Neil Simon and Zente refada by Giacinto Gallina. Among his most recent successes, Sariandole and Tramachi by Roberto Curci, I ragazzi irresistibili by Neil Simon, with Johnny Dorelli and Antonio Salines, Il gatto in tasca by Georges Feydeau, Il divo garry by Noël Coward, Fuori i secondi and Svola cicogna by Enrico Luttmann, Maldobrie by Lino Carpinteri and Mariano Faraguna.

In 2012 he won the Flaiano Award for directing Coburn's Gin Game, with Valeria Valeri and Paolo Ferrari. In 2013, by popular demand, he returns to direct the company of the Contrada in the most loved text by the public in Trieste, Two pairs of silk stockings of Vienna by Lino Carpinteri and Mariano Faraguna (for the fifth edition!), which is once again a great success. He is also dedicated to dramaturgical writing, composing, in collaboration with Ninì Perno Quela sera de febbraio, Un'Isotta nel giardino and Antonio Freno. Sue are also numerous comedies specifically designed for children's theater, such as La vecchia e la luna, Bandiera, Scarabocchio, Dietro la comet, E tutto per una rosa, La vigilia di Natale and, more recently, Giro giro giro tondo. He disappeared in 2014 at the age of 87.