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Saturday, September 17, 2022

Call for Pirandellian Dramaturgies, 2nd edition – Short Stories to Drama

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Deadline: December 31, 2022

PSA, the Journal of the Pirandello Society of America (https://www.pirandellosociety.org/psa-journal), seeks submissions of short dramatic pieces (5 to 30 minutes of expected performance time) inspired by Luigi Pirandello’s short stories, for publication in the next or future issues. Scripts should be previously unpublished and unproduced for the stage except for staged readings.

An essential requirement is that proposed dramaturgies draw inspiration from Pirandello’s short stories, for example those recently translated and available at https://www.pirandellointranslation.org/, a project led by Pirandello scholars Lisa Sarti and Michael Subialka that aims at the translation of all of Pirandello’s short stories into contemporary English.


Dramaturgies could take several shapes such as:

1. adaptations for the stage of a single short story
2. adaptations that combine two or three stories
3. dramatic development of a section of a short story
4. monologues/dialogues of characters who appear in the short stories
5. dramatic situations that entail the reading/recitation of passages from the stories

Dramaturgies should avoid adapting the following stories, already utilized for theatre in some form by Pirandellohimself, specifically “The Doctor’s Duty,” “The License,” “The Jar,” “The Imbecile,” “Sicilian Limes,” “Think It Over, Giacomino!,” “A Character’s Tragedy,” “Death Is Upon Him,” “The Changeling,” “It’s Nothing Serious,” “Farewell, Leonora!,” “The Lord of the Ship,” “Mrs. Frola and Mr. Ponza, her Son-in law,” “The Friend to the Wives,” “Interviews with Characters,” and “Characters.”

Instead, inspiration should derive from any of the several other stories – already translated on the websitehttps://www.pirandellointranslation.org or read in a different translation – that did not find a dramatic form yet.

Please e-mail submissions by December 31, 2022 in Word or PDF format to Stefano Boselli, PSA Theatre and Performance Editor, e-mail Stefano.Boselli@unlv.edu. If accepted, playwrights will be notified by March 31, 2023 and scripts will be published on the next issue (XXXV, 2022) or scheduled for publication in subsequent issues.

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