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"FarmanimalFarm" by Rolando Macrini at La MaMa 30 Oct 03

Mon 13 Oct 2003 "FarmanimalFarm" by Rolando Macrini at La MaMa 30 Oct 03 FarmanimalFarm, by Rolando Macrini, a contemporary adaptation of George Orwell's political satire, 'AnimalFarm.', will be at the La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club (Off Broadway) from 30 Oct to 16 Nov 2003. The show premiered August 8, 2003 in celebration of the centennial of Orwell's birth at Civita di Bagnoregio at the CivitArte Festival. In Orwell's story, a group of barn animals overthrow their human masters and set up an egalitarian society of their own. Eventually the animals' intelligent and power-loving leaders, the pigs, sabotage the revolution and form a dictatorship whose bondage is even more oppressive than that of their former human masters. The pigs, along with their ruthless leader, Napoleon, thus become the ruling class and the decision makers of the farm. It is a story of a revolution betrayed by its own leaders. The cast includes: Ciccio Rasiti, Paco Milea, Margherita Vestri, Stas Badadin, Silvia Giorni, Marco Marsili, Olimpia Ariani , Ilaria Passeri. The play speaks through the dramatic movements of the actors' bodies and limbs. "The visual concept is particularly striking: orthopedic props and equipment such as crutches, aluminum walkers, support corsets and collars, transform the stage into a geriatric hospital ward, an example of the life conditions in which animals are kept for domestic exploitation and for the slaughterhouse. The visual impact is shocking and prompts reflection on the exploitation and torment of the animal world by cruel humans. The ending place of FarmanimalFarm and Orwell's masterpiece are the same: the emptiness and delusion of power, of revolution, and of ideologies."

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