In Italian and English
By Claudia Donadoni
with Claudia Donadoni and live music by Giovanni Bataloni
Directed by Sergio Stefini under the supervision of Marco Baliani
Translated by Fred Gardaphe’
A TDA Teatro Production
The story of the protagonist Rusina is inspired by the real-life story of a girl who lived in the Varesotto area, who grew up learning about herbal medicine imbued with ancient natural knowledge, superstitions about the earth, herbals and arboreal celebrations. There’s a sacred wood in a clearing where some women sometimes gather. That tree trunk and those female gatherings have long been under the watchful eye of the Holy Inquisition. Cosima, a childhood friend of Rusina, is brutally raped by a man who is used to committing such acts. The other women prepare their revenge. Rusina’s innocence is used as bait for the perpetrator, since no other recourse to justice exists. Rusina is accused of witchcraft, and burned at the stake.
Ispirato alla storia vera di una ragazza, cresciuta in una terra intrisa di una sapienza antica, fatta di superstizioni, erbe mediche e raduni femminili. Quando una brutale violenza genera la vendetta delle donne, la sola “giustizia” possibile è quella della Santa Inquisizione, che caccia le streghe e le mette al rogo.