La Codista

‘I do not want to be first but rather last. The faster the world moves, the more I slow down. I go against the current. Like salmon. For a ‘codista’, the world is the other way around’.

When he lost his job, the Milanese Giovanni Cafaro began waiting in line for others in exchange for money. The actress Marleen Scholten used his story as a basis for her monologue La codista. It turned into a story about waiting in line (‘la coda’), about putting yourself in someone else’s shoes and about the impatience and desire that is a part of waiting.

Scholten lives in Italy and for this project interviewed various Italians about how they experience standing still and what it means. In addition, the actress stood in line for hours, for example at the post office or the tax office, in order to experience for herself the mechanism of waiting. She found chaos and simplicity there, people coming together someplace with only one purpose: waiting their turn. La codista is a personal piece about identity and the desire to slow down sometimes. Scholten was awarded Italy’s Antonio Conti national playwright’s prize for the piece. ‘La codista’ waits her turn together with the audience.

By and with

  • Marleen Scholten

Director's assistance

  • Dafne Niglio

Lighting design

  • Emanuele Cavalcanti

Costume advice

  • Lotte Goos

Photography

  • Luca Chiaudano

Producer

  • Acteursgroep Wunderbaum
  • Associazione TRAK

coproduction

  • Theater Rotterdam

Residence

  • OTSE Officine Theatrikes Salento Ellada

in cooperation with

  • Embassy and Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

With the support of

  • Centro di Residenza della Toscana
  • Kilowatt festival

Special thanks to

  • Giovanni Cafaro
  • Paolo Aniello
  • Pietro Valenti
  • Paolo Mastromo
  • Bas Ernst, Umberto Angelini
  • Zona K-Milano
  • NTGent
  • Liesje Schreuders

German translation

  • Andrea Theresia van Dingstee

Upcoming dates

Past dates

  • September 2022

    16

    Stadstheater Arnhem

  • September 2022

    09

    ITA/ Nederlands Theaterfestival
    Amsterdam

  • June 2022

    04

    Frascati
    Amsterdam

  • June 2022

    03

    Frascati
    Amsterdam (Italiaans met NL boventitels)

  • April 2022

    30

    Monty
    Antwerpen (België)

  • April 2022

    29

    Theater a/h Spui
    Den Haag, GEANNULEERD

  • April 2022

    28

    Theater a/h Spui
    Den Haag

  • April 2022

    20

    Theater Rotterdam
    locatie William Boothlaan 8 (Italiaans met NL boventitels)

  • April 2022

    19

    Theater Rotterdam
    locatie William Boothlaan 8

  • March 2022

    26

    Teatro Magro
    Mantova (Italië)

  • December 2021

    18

    Theaterhaus Jena
    Jena (Duitsland)

  • December 2021

    17

    Theaterhaus Jena
    Jena (Duitsland)

  • December 2021

    16

    Theaterhaus Jena
    Jena (Duitsland)

  • November 2021

    13

    Theater Rotterdam (Italiaans)

  • November 2021

    12

    Theater Rotterdam

  • November 2021

    11

    Theater Rotterdam

  • November 2021

    10

    Theater Rotterdam

  • October 2021

    31

    Pesaro (Italië)

  • October 2021

    15

    Theaterhaus Jena
    Jena (Duitsland)

  • October 2021

    14

    Theaterhaus Jena
    Jena (Duitsland)

  • July 2021

    20

    Kilowatt Festival
    Sansepolcro (Italië)

  • June 2021

    14

    'Holland Festival - Frascati
    Amsterdam'

  • June 2021

    13

    'Holland Festival - Frascati
    Amsterdam'

  • June 2021

    01

    Triennale Milano
    Milaan (Italië)

  • May 2021

    31

    Triennale Milano
    Milaan (Italië)

  • October 2020

    03

    FIT festival Lugano
    Teatro Foce (Zwitserland)

  • August 2020

    30

    Castrignano de Greci
    Puglia (Italië)

  • August 2020

    29

    Castrignano de Greci
    Puglia (Italië)

  • August 2020

    28

    Castrignano de Greci
    Puglia (Italië)

“For La codista, theater-maker Marleen Scholten queued for hours ‘What does the human being do in standby mode?”
Interview with Marleen Scholten (Volkrant)

“In the monologue “La codista,” Marleen Scholten elevates the elongated waiting into meaningful living. With her inimitable text treatment, she finds playfulness in the static.”
Sander Janssens (NRC)

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