Acclaimed ‘Magazzino 18’ by Simone Cristicchi Is Back At The Rossetti Theater

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by Alessandra Ressa

Acclaimed ‘Magazzino 18’ by Simone Cristicchi is back at the Rossetti theater to tell the heartbreaking story of the Istrian, Fiuman and Dalmatian exiles after WWII

Ten years ago Italian actor, author and songwriter Simone Cristicchi visited Warehoused 18, Magazzino 18, inside Trieste’s old port. So moved was he by what the old, forgotten warehouse had preserved for over 70 years that he decided to tell the story through an original play, Magazzino 18, on stage this week at Rossetti theater from 9 to 12 February, ten years after his first critically acclaimed world première.

What Cristicchi found in that old warehouse over a decade ago were piles upon piles of furniture, suitcases, photographs and heartbreaking personal objects that belonged to the thousands of Istrian, Fiuman and Dalmatian  exiles, forced to leave their homes and land between 1945 and 1954 when  they were officially handed to Yugoslavia after World War II.

They stored their belongings in Trieste’s port because they thought they would  get them back one day, while they were relocated  in the many refugee camps in Trieste and all over Italy. But those objects stayed there, in the dark and damp rooms of the warehouse, forever waiting. Magazzino 18 tells the story, long forgotten, and more often than not deliberately not told, that captures the very heart of the suffering and travails of the almost 350,000 Italian refugees in an original drama exceptionally assembled by Cristicchi.  

Ten years ago, the première was preceded in Trieste by political tension, the wound is still considered open for many Triestini. The show, however, was unanimously acclaimed both in Italy and abroad.

To celebrate the first successful decade of Magazzino 18, the show is back in Trieste, directed once again by Antonio Calenda, with the musical accompaniment of the orchestra of Teatro Verdi  and  the guidance of Maestro Valter Sivilotti.

To book your tickets for Magazzino 18 https://www.ilrossetti.it/it/spettacoli/magazzino-18-3131

To learn more about the Istrian,  Fiuman and Dalmatian exiles, read our articles on InTrieste:  https://www.intrieste.com/2021/02/10/magazzino-18-remembering-the-istrian-fiuman-and-dalmatian-exiles/ and https://www.intrieste.com/2022/03/16/triestes-largest-refugee-camp-in-padriciano-the-silent-witness-of-the-tragic-past/

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Alessandra Ressa
“Born to Italian-Scottish parents, an explosive combination, reason for my restlessness and love for good food, I’ve moved from San Francisco, California to Trieste 20 years ago. I have a degree in Mass Communication from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master’s degree in International Cooperation from the Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari in Pisa. In San Francisco I worked for several years as a journalist and press officer before moving to Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo and other war stricken countries with the United Nations. I am a professional journalist and English teacher, I love the outdoors, exploring caves and unusual places, travelling, meeting people, the opera, singing, the scent of the sea and the whistle of the wind. No other city in the world other than Trieste can offer all this.”

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