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CARLO MOLLINO, Teatro Regio di Torino, Turin, Italy, 1965-73

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Greek Theatre of Syracuse

Syracuse, Italy

5th century BCE

he Greek theatre of Syracuse lies on the south slopes of the Temenite hill, overlooking the modern city of Syracuse in southeastern Sicily. It was first built in the 5th century BCE, rebuilt in the 3rd century BCE and renovated again in the Roman period

It seems that the theatre was renovated in the third century, after 238 BC and certainly before the death of Hieron II in 215 BC, transforming it into the form seen today. Its structure was extended, taking into account the shape of the Temenite hill and the best possibilities for acoustics. Another typical characteristic of Greek theatres is the celebration of the panoramic view, also applied to the theatre of Syracuse, offering a view of the bay of the port and the island of Ortygia.

 The cavea had a diameter of 138.6 metres, one of the largest in the Greek world, and originally had 67 rows of seating, mostly cut into the living rock, and divided into nine sectors (cunei) by access stairs. A pathway (diazoma) runs around the theatre halfway up the cavea, dividing it in two. 

The scene building is entirely destroyed and only the cuttings in the bed rock for its foundations are now visible. These belong to multiple phases and are difficult to interpret. A passage dug under the orchestra, accessible by a staircase from the stage and ending in a small room probably belongs to Hieron II’s time: it is hypothetically identified with the “Stairs of Charon,” which allowed the actors sudden entrances and exits. A ditch for the front curtain probably belongs to this phase too (in ancient theatres these did not fall from above, but rose from below). The traces of an element on which columns and pilasters must have stood have been interpreted as the remnants of a small mobile stage for Phlyax plays. A statue of a caryatid now preserved in the Museo archeologico regionale Paolo Orsi, which contains material excavated and recovered in the theatre, probably formed part of the theatre’s decoration.

Genres
la commedia - comedy
la farsa - farce
la pantomima - pantomime
il teatro sperimentale - experimental theater
la tragedia - tragedy

People
l(o) attore/l(a) attrice - actor
il cast - cast
la comparsa - extra
il costumista - costume designer
il drammaturgo - playwright
il macchinista - stagehand
il mimo - mime
il produttore - producer
il pubblico - audience
il regista - director
lo scenografo - set designer
il sostituto - understudy
il tecnico - the technician

A play
l(o) antagonista - antagonist
l(o) a parte - aside
l(o) atto - act
l(a) audizione - audition
la battuta - line
il copione - script
il costume - costume
il debutto - debut
l(o) epilogo - epilogue
il finale - finale
l(a) improvvisazione - improvisation
l(o) intervallo - intermission
la locandina - playbill
il monologo - monologue
il personaggio - character
la prima - premiere
il protagonista - protagonist
la prova - rehearsal
la prova generale - dress rehearsal
la quarta parete - fourth wall
la scena - scene
la scenografia - scene design
lo sketch - skit
il soliloquio - soliloquy
la trama - plot

In a theater
la balconata - balcony
il botteghino - box office
il camerino - changing room
il dietro le quinte - backstage
il fondale - backdrop
la galleria - gallery
le luci - lights
il palcoscenico - stage
la platea - stalls
il proscenio - apron
la quinta - wing
la scena - scenery
il sipario - curtain

Let me know if I missed something, I’ll gladly update this!

CARLO MOLLINO’s chair design for the RAI Auditorium, Turin, Italy, 1950-52

WHY DID NOBODY TELL ME ABOUT THIS HOLBY CITY SHIT #4

-THE EPISODE NAME(2 HEARTS) REMINDED ME OF THAT SONG ‘ONE LOVE’ BY BLUE
- I FEEL LIKE ITALIAN GUY™ SHOULDN’T WORK AT A HOPITAL LIKE I JUST IMAGINE HIM IN A COFFEE ADVERT OR DANCING IN A BALLET
- I CAN JUST IMAGINE HIM PRANCING AROUND IN A BALLET, IT JUST SEEMS RIGHT
-IS THAT A MOTORCYCLE HELMET I SEE CAN THIS WOMAN SO EVERYTHING I NEED A FAN I AM GAY 4 CHEEKBONES
-FLORAL DUDE™ LOOKS LIKE MY SISTER AFTER FRESHERS WEEK I’M DEAD
-ITALIAN CHEEKBONES IS GOING DOWNHILL SO FAST IT’S ALMOST LIKE I CAN SEE THE QUICKSAND
-FLORAL DUDE™ GIVES 0 FUCKS TODAY
-ALSO GAY 4 ZOSIA LOOK AT HER CHATTING TO THAT COOL OLD MAN LIKE SHE CARES FOR THEM ALL
-BUT LIKE ALSO I LEARNT THAT POTATO TRICK IN YEAR 3 ZOSIA GO BACK 2 SCHOOL AND LEARN PROPER SCIENCE THIS MEDICINE SHIT WON’T HELP U IN LIFE
-LOVELY LESBIAN LADY™’S FRINGE IS E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G
-“I HAVE BETTER THINGS TO DO” LIKE IDK MAYBE SERENA CAMPBELL ;)))))
-IS SPY WITH MY LITTLE EYE A BOTTLE OF SHIRAZ IMAGINE LLL™ DRINKING IT AND THINKING OF SERENA AND BEING ALL ‘I WISH I WAS HOME BUT I’VE GOT 2 DEAL W/ THE STRAIGHTS’ BULLSHITE’
-OH FUK OFF RIC LLL™ HAS GOT EVERYTHING IN ORDER DON’T EVEN TRY IT UNLESS U WANT 2 CATCH THESE HANDS
-CHEEKBONES™ LOOKS AT NEW KID™ LIKE HE’S A BOTHERSOME FLY
- MO BEING ON CHEEKBONES™’ SIDE LIKE YAS SISTERS STICK TOGETHER SISTERS OVER FRIES OR WHATEVER IDK IT’S SOME STRAIGHT NONSENSE
-WHY IS THIS WOMAN TALKING WHILST HE IS PERFORMING SURGERY ON HER?? I WOULD BE LIKE FUCK NO I’LL JUST NOT DISTRACT U FROM SAVING MY LIFE
- RIC GIVING THIS TALK ABOUT NO DISTRACTIONS AND LLL™’S LITTLE LOOKS AT HIM AND THEN MINI MORVEN SHOWING UP THE WHOLE SCENE WAS GREAT
-NEW KID™ IS STILL SO DESPERATE FOR VALIDATION
-WHEN CHEEKBONES™ SAID BE VERY CAREFUL WHO’S SIDE UR ON I THOUGHT I SAW NEW KID™ PHYSICALLY GULP
-I DON’T KNOW WHY BUT JUST IMAGINING NEW KID™ RUNNING AROUND WITH THAT HEART ALL AROUND THE HOSPITAL MADE CRY WITH LAUGHTER I DON’T KNOW WHY HELP ME
-LLL™ WITH HER FEMININE INTUITION MADE ME MELT PHYSICALLY
-CAN U BELIEVE LOVELY LESBIAN LADY™ INVENTED PARENTING
-CHEEKBONES™ IS ME WHEN UR IN A GROUP PROJECT BUT U DON’T TRUST NO ONE SO U HAVE TO OBSERVE EVERYTHING THEY DO JUST INCASE
-SHE GOT HANSSEN THERE AS WELL I’M DYING
-STOP TRYING TO GET INTO CHEEKBONES™’ GOOD BOOKS ITALIAN GUY™ GO AND DO A BALLET OR SOMETHING #CHEEKBONEZ
- WAIT DOES HANSSEN SHIP ITALIAN CHEEKBONES
-“YOU 2 VERY CLEARLY WORK WELL TOGETHER” ARE U SEEING THINGS MATE BECAUSE I DON’T THINK THAT WAS THE CLEAREST THING I’VE SEEN TODAY I MEAN FOG HAS BEEN CLEARER THAN THAT
-SOMEONE GIVE HANSSEN A PERSCRIPTION FOR HALLUCINATIONS BECAUSE HE IS SEEING THINGS
-JESUS RIC LIKING YOUR JOB ISN’T THE WORST THING IN THE WORLD COME ON NOW
-WHEN ITALIAN GUY™ SAID “A WORD OF ADVICE” TO NEW KID™ I THOUGHT HE WAS GOING TO SAY “STOP SUCKING UP 2 EVERYONE”
-NO BUT HE’S LOOKING FOR SO MUCH VALIDATION FROM ITALIAN GUY™ I’M STARTING 2 THINK HE’S GAY #ITALIAN KID ??? BUT NAH WE ALL KNOW HE STRAIGHTER THAN A RULER SO
-CHEEKBONES™ AND SHORT BLONDIE ARE THE FLORAL GUY™ PROTECTION SQUAD THIS IS THE MOST COMPASSION I’VE SEEN FROM CHEEKBONES™ EVER
-“DEPRESSION IS JUST MY PERSONALITY”
-WHEN ITALIAN GUY ™ SAID “IN THEATRE” I GOT CONFUSED AND THOUGHT HE WAS TALKING ABOUT THE OTHER TYPE OF THEATRE THIS JUST PROVES HE LOOKS LIKE HE SHOULD BE IN A BALLET OR SOME SHIT: JUST NOT A HOSPITAL
-YES CHEEKBONES™ UR TOO GOOD FOR HIM
-I DIDN’T KNOW I NEEDED CHEEKBONES™ SPEAKING ITALIAN BUT SHIT I DID
- JUST IMAGINE HER SPEAKING ITALIAN TO ZOSIA IN BED I’M SO GAY FOR CHEEKBONEZ LIKE THEY’VE ONLY HAD 2 SCENES TOGETHER BUT LIKE I’VE JUMPED ABOARD THAT SHIP
-AND I THOUGHT THE BIGGER THING WAS FLORAL GUY™ WAS DYING BUT NO HE STEALS SHIT THIS WAS THE MOST SURPRISING THING I’VE GOT FROM HOLBY SO FAR
-JUST STAY ON DARWIN U LITTLE SHIT IF U MESS UP LLL™ ’S STORYLINES U WILL CATCH THESE HANDS
-HONESTLY CHEEKBONES™’S REACTION WAS MINE LIKE COME ON NOW WE KNOW UR GONNA BE BACK IN 3 MONTHS AFTER FUCKING UP AAU
-WAIT ISN’T ZOSIA HIS GIRLFRIEND AND HE DIDN’T TELL HER FIRST COME ON NOW SON FIX UR ACT
-THAT LITTLE WINK AT THE END MADE ME SHIP #ITALIAN KID ??? FOR ABOUT 0.1 SECONDS
-SERENA WHERE U AT GIRL WE MISSES U YEAH COME BACK WE LIKE U LOTS & LOTS

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Wanda Capodaglio by Truus, Bob & Jan too!

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<br />Italian actress. Photo Mario Nunes-Vais.

Wanda Capodaglio (1889-1980) was an Italian stage, screen and television actress.