Education and outreach
of young people
Youth education and outreach
THE THEATER PROJECT “NOTHING FOR NOTHING”
“Nothing for Nothing. Stories Suspended Between Over-indebtedness and Usury” is a theatrical journey and a lively reflection on a burning topical issue that historically comes from afar and today takes on increasingly pervasive and insidious characteristics and modalities.
Through the emblematic stories of characters drawn from the reality of testimonies and investigations, an emotional and compelling journey unfolds that engages and makes people think but, above all, we hope, will be an example and guide for conscious money management, a pulsating warning to be alert to the trap of usury, which takes advantage of the emotional and psychological vulnerability of people in difficulty, but also a boost to the courage to seek help from institutions when the problem becomes insurmountable and dangerous.
Indeed, the difficult economic contingency and the lack of a culture on the responsible use of money have led to an exponential growth of the phenomenon throughout the country.
Falling into the hands of moneylenders more and more often are artisans, traders, entrepreneurs, and family units for a problem that is little talked about and on which the spotlight is turned only when the crime news deals with it, for murders, suicides or violence against the victims.
Education in the responsible use of money is, therefore, a significant first goal to be pursued with specific awareness and literacy activities, promoting a social consciousness that helps to understand the causes of the problem and curb it. Starting with the younger generation.
This is precisely why the play and its writing are for an audience of young people, the first to need to understand the magnitude and severity of the phenomenon. In this, the role of the Ministry of Education, Principals and Professors is crucial for the involvement of students, and the theatrical text must be a moment in a broader journey made up of meetings, debates, classroom themes, and in-depth studies in classrooms and schools.
The theatrical project, sponsored by the ADVENTUM Foundation and theAnti-Wear Outpatient Clinic and funded by the Adventist Christian Church’s 8xmille, has two distinct phases:
- a premiere performance on April 27, 2015 at the Sala Umberto in Rome, intended for a national institutional audience and local administrators, politicians, judiciary, representatives of associations, categories and unions, media and journalists, and all those who would like to attend the premiere of this important event.
- a second time involving, on the other hand, secondary schools with the staging of the play in the auditoriums or theaters of those schools. In fact, a tour of Roman schools with 10 performances of the show is planned for 2015.
The project, which starts in Rome, is scheduled for 2015 and 2016 in cities and schools nationwide.
The Theater Company that will stage the play consists of:
- Giusi Cataldo, actress and director
- Giovanni Carta, assistant director
- Alessio Di Clemente, actor
- Francesco Meoni, actor.
- Rossana Veracierta, actress.
- Francesco Randazzo, author
- Maximilian Pace, music
- Katia Title, scenes and costumes
- Beppe Filipponio, lighting design
- Executive Production, Pragma Productions Rome
PRESS REVIEW OF THE SHOW
- Evening Courier/Rome: “In the hands of loan sharks. Five stories on the stage.”
- RomaToday: “Nothing for Nothing stories suspended between over-indebtedness and usury.”
- PrimaPress.it : “Usury, youth theater project Nothing for Nothing starts in Rome on April 27”
- The Latest Rebuttal: “Nothing for Nothing: Theater talks to young people about debt and usury”
- Repubblica.it: “Giusi Cataldo “And now I’m bringing usury to the stage””
- Unomattina episode of 30/04/2015 (service at 01:18:41)
- Protestantism episode of 02/28/2016 service on “Nothing for Nothing”
- Video show “Nothing for Nothing. Stories suspended between over-indebtedness and usury.”
- TG2 Costume and Society (The full report at minute 9.40)