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New Plays from Italy Vol 1: The Origin of the World
Frank Hentschker, Jane House
The Origin of the World: Interior Conversation Piece by Lucia Calamaro.
Edited by Frank Hentschker. Translated by Jane House.
A story of basic and perverse family dynamics, the play is an all-female human comedy in three acts. The Mother Daria lives with her Daughter Federica among bulky modern appliances, godlike monumental figures; they confront reality as they eat, chat, and get dressed. Sometimes other characters in the family constellation, such as the Analyst, join them. The womb of domestic life is staged in chapters, which lead not towards an ending but towards an origin. The play portrays the indifference, rage, and helplessness of those who live with depression.