The PASOLINI PROJECT
The Pasolini Project is a translation and adaptation Pilade, a modern tragedy by one of Italy's most iconoclastic artistic thinkers from the 20th century, Pier Paolo Pasolini.
Pasolini was a poet, film maker, playwright and polemecist. As a self proclaimed Catholic Marxist (he was neither in the strict sense) he was an avid critic of Capitalism and bewailed the loss of Italian peasant culture as a loss of our connection to a pre-historic sense of time. He blamed this loss on rabid consumerism and the "omologazione" (homogenization of culture) it caused.
Pilade is a continuation of the Oresteia by Aeschylus and is inspired by 20th politics. It is a complex, poetic investigation of social change, democracy and revolution.
translated and adapted
by Adam Paolozza and Coleen MacPherson
directed by Adam Paolozza
The Pasolini Project was workshopped in 2009 and presented in a truncated version in 2010 at Canadian Stage's Spotlight: Italy festival.
In December 2015 the legendary NYC experimental theatre company La Mama, under the direction of Croation director Ivica Buljan, used Adam and Coleen's translation in the North American premiere of Pilade.