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La Codista

by and with Marleen Scholten


When he loses his job, Giovanni Cafaro from Milan invents a new profession: for a fee, he waits in line for other people at offices and government agencies. The actress Marleen Scholten bases her monologue "La Codista" on Giovanni's story. She has created a riveting performance about waiting in line (Italian: la coda), about putting oneself in another person's shoes, and, last but not least, about the impatience and desire that waiting evokes.

Dutch actress and author Marleen Scholten lives in Italy and interviewed various people in her adopted country about their experience of standstill for this project. In addition, the actress herself stood in line for hours, for instance at the post office or the tax office, to experience the mechanism of intense waiting for herself. She found chaos and simplicity there, people who came together by chance with only one purpose: to wait their turn.

With "La Codista", she has created a small masterpiece. Her monologue about professional waiting in line becomes a philosophical gem about the beauty of standing still and the hope of redemption. "La Codista" was awarded the Italian playwright prize Antonio Conti and was selected by the Toneeljury for the Dutch Theater Festival 2022.

La codista 1 Luca Chiaudano
Photo: Luca Chiaudano

By and with: Marleen Scholten
Assistant director: Dafne Niglio
Lighting: Emanuele Cavalcanti
Costumes: Lotte Goos
Photography: Luca Chiaudano
Produced by: Acteursgroep Wunderbaum und Associazione TRAK
Co-produced by: Theater Rotterdam
Residency: OTSE Officine Theatrikes Salento Ellada, in collaboration with the Embassy and Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, with the support of: Centro di Residenza della Toscana, Kilowatt festival
Thanks to: Giovanni Cafaro, Paolo Aniello, Pietro Valenti, Paolo Mastromo, Bas Ernst, Umberto Angelini, Zona K-Milano, NTGent and Liesje Schreuders

Age: 12+
Language: German

Photos: Luca Chiaudano

Duration: 1h 0m
no interval

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