Mario Fratti Award 2019


Tobia Rossi, born in 1986 in Ovada (Piemonte), is a playwright and a screenwriter. Awards and Honors include: Portami in un posto carino (Take Me Somewhere Nice, finalist for the 2012 Hystrio Prize for Young Playwrights), La Cosa Brutta (honorable mention, Hystrio Prize Scritture per la Scena 2016), Freddy Aggiustatutto (written with Lorenzo Riopi, winner of Una Commedia in Cerca d’Autore 2017). He collaborates with several theaters in Milan (Teatro Libero, Campo Teatrale, Teatro OutOff, Teatro Litta, Teatro Leonardo, Teatro Martinitt). He wrote the libretto for the opera Troposfera (produced in 2016 by the Venice Biennale Musica) and the musicals Come Erika e Omar –  è tutto uno show! (produced and directed by Enzo Iachetti – 2014) e Smack! (2019).

Carlotta Corradi


Giò is a gay teenager firmly convinced that nobody loves him. He therefore decides to escape from that hostile world and hide in his secret shelter. Everyone is looking for him for days without success, until Mirko, one of his classmates, finds him by accident during a walk. Giò begs him to preserve his secret, making him an accomplice to his plan, which forces their relationship to take an unexpected turn.


Honorary President, Mario Fratti

Claudia Cannella (Director, Hystrio magazine)

Chiara Durazzini (Artistic Director Pazzi Lazzi Troupe, Boston)

Massimo Zordan (teacher, actor, director)

Claudia Donadoni (actress and playwright)

Roberta Lena (director)


A convincing drama, well-articulated. A play of strong emotional impact with poetic passages. The author is able to build an ambiguous exchange of strong and weak roles, between attraction and repulsion. The play shows originality in the subject matter while being serious witness of our times. The fine writing and the unsettling development make it a play that could speak to audiences around the world.


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