I Vicini

by Fausto Paravidino

translated by Jane House ©2017


First English translation


Author’s Note:

I vicini is a play about our fears. About our imaginary fears, about our real fears. About our real fears which are our imaginary fears. It’s a play about ourselves, about others, about ourselves and others, about faraway neighbors, about war, about what is real, about what is imagined, about what is real because it’s imagined. A bit like certain ghosts, a bit like some theatre.


HE – Giacomo Rocchini

GRETA, his partner – Adriana Rossetto

CHIARA, the new neighbor – Christine Renee Miller

HUSBAND, Chiara’s husband – Nabil Viñas

THE OLD LADY, former neighbor – Christine Smith

The play unfolds during our time, in an apartment in a European city.

Hystrio Prize 2013

Play selected for the first edition of Italian Playwrights Project and published in english in the volume “New Plays from Italy” (Martin E.Segal Theatre Center Publication – 2017)



Fausto Paravidino (Playwright)

Fausto Paravidino was born in Genova, in 1976. he grew up in Rocca Grimalda, province of Alessandria. Now he lives in Rome. Always an actor, at19 he began to attend the Scuola di Recitazione del Teatro Stabile di Genova, then he went to Rome, continuing to act in theatre and film and television. He also began to write plays: Trinciapollo, Gabriele (with Giampiero Rappa), Due fratelli (Premio Riccione-Tonelli and Ubu as best new Italian play), La malattia della famiglia M, Natura morta in un fosso (translated by Ilaria Papini as Still Life in a Ditch, published by Hanging Loose, 2013), Noccioline (Peanuts) (for the project Connection with National Theatre of London), Genova 01 (for the Royal Court), Morbid, Exit, Il caso B, Il diario di Mariapia, I vicini (for the Théâtre National du Bretagne), Il macello di Giobbe (for Teatro Valle Occupato), produced throughout Europe and winner of numerous prizes in Italy and abroad. He translates from English, primarily Shakespeare and Pinter, and has written for Radio 2 and 3. As director, he put on his own and other plays. His first film as director, Texas, written with Iris Fusetti and Carlo Orlando, was produced at Mostra del Cinema di Venezia, in 2005. Most recently, he directed Il diario di Mariapia (Stoccolma, Dramaten, November 2010, Italian tour 2012–14) and La Maladie de la famille M at the Comédie Française (Paris, 2011–13), the T V production of FIL, Felicità Interna Lorda (Rai 3) and Exit for Teatro Stabile di Bolzano (2012–14). For Teatro Valle Occupato, he heads the workshop Crisi and is directing Il macello di Giobbe.


Jane House (Translator)

Jane House, a professional actress, began translating modern Italian plays in the late 1980s. Her translations appear in numerous volumes; most recently, the two-volume collection of New Plays from Italy (Segal Center, 2018) containing her translations of the prize-winning contemporary plays of Fausto Paravidino (The Neighbors) and Lucia Calamaro (The Origin of the World).


About the Italian Playwrights Project (IPP)

After the success of the first (IPP, 2015/16) and second (IPP, 2017/2018) edition of the Italian Playwrights Project and a special evening dedicated to the work of Stefano Massini in 2017 and 2018, Valeria Orani, Director of Umanism NY, with Frank Hentschker, Director of the Segal Center (Graduate Center – CUNY) forge forward their collaboration to present to the American audience a selection of the most rappresentative Italian dramaturgy. The IPP initiative brings some of the brightest, innovative, and most engaging playwrights from Italy to New York to develop their pieces through translation into English and public readings of the work. The Italian Playwrights Project plays an important role in introducing contemporary writing from Italy to the US. The project restarted an artistic dialogue between the two countries which has been sporadic over the last 30 years.

Participants of 2015/16 IPP included Lucia Calamaro, Daria Deflorian & Antonio Tagliarini, Fausto Paravidino, and Michele Santeramo.

Participants of 2017/18 IPP included Elisa Casseri, Giuliana Musso, Armando Pirozzi and Fabrizio Sinisi. – –