The Royal Game

Gioele Dix readsStefan Zweig

The Royal Game

may fri 27, 2016 - 9.30 p.m.
teatro Manzoni - Corso Gramsci, 107
 admission euro 3.00

The Royal Game The Royal Game is the masterpiece by one of the greatest writers of the early 20th century, who embodies a cosmopolitan spirit and a belief in a world founded on intellectual values. This extraordinarily powerful novella, written in 1942, a few months before Stefan Zweig committed suicide in exile, revolves around a decisive and deathly game of chess, where the board becomes the battleground on which the individual stories interweave with the collective story. On a cruise liner, Dr B. and the world chess champion Czentovi decide to play against each other. An incredibly symbolic game, a metaphor for the confrontation of two entirely different kinds of humanity: the strong minded, mechanical and deliberate form embodied by the chess champion, against the sensitive, subtle and cultured approach of Dr B., who survived persecution only thanks to his passion for chess. The ending is a reflection on the breakup of Europe at the hands of Nazism, a devastating monster devoid of any conscience.

Gioele Dix is an actor, author and director from Milan, he started his career on stage, training alongside maestros such as Franco Parenti and Sergio Fantoni. He then embarked on a career as a solo comedy act, working on Mai dire gol from 1997 and then joining the show Zelig in 2007. His combinations of classics and comedy are very popular: Edipo.com, La Bibbia ha (quasi) sempre; the currently touring Vorrei essere figlio di un uomo felice and Il malato immaginario. He has directed productions including Oblivion show, Sogno di una notte di mezza estate, and Matti da slegare. His books include Quando tutto questo sarà finito (Mondadori, 2014).

Stefan Zweig (1881-1942) was an Austrian writer, playwright and poet, one of the protagonists in European culture at the start of the 20th century. Read and renowned around the world, he died in exile. He wrote masterly biographies including those of Balzac, Erasmus of Rotterdam, Fouché, and Marie Antoinette as well as his memoir, The World of Yesterday. Memories of a European.

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