Veronica Cruciani is an actress and director. In 2003 Ascanio Celestini wrote for her the Oddone Cappellino prize winner entitled Le Nozze di Antigone in which she is both leading lady and co-director with Arturo Cirillo. Since 2004 the Veronica Cruciani Company has been investigating the relationship between memory and contemporary dramaturgy. In 2012 she won the Hystrio-Anct Award from the association of Italian critics.
Over the last few years she has directed: Il Ritorno by S. Pierattini (2007) La palestra by G. Scianna (2011) Peli by C. Corradi (2013) Preamleto by M. Santeramo and produced by the Teatro di Roma as well as Due donne che ballano by J.M.Benet, I Jornet produced by the Teatro Carcano of Milan (2015), La Bottega del Caffè by R.W. Fassbinder produced by the Stabile del Friuli Venezia Giulia (2016), Quasi Grazia with Michela Murgia from the novel by Marcello Fois and Accabadora adapted by Carlotta Corradi from the novel by Michela Murgia produced by the Donizetti Theatre and TPE – Teatro Piemonte Europa (2017). From 2013 to 2019 she was artistic director of the Teatro Biblioteca Quarticciolo in the Municipality of Rome.
For Panorama Roma this year they work on Jacinto Lucas Pires‘ Sacra Famiglia (Sagrada Familia), opening the doors of their creative yard to the public.
Pedro and Maria are unemployed and their Son has nightmares about the world. To solve these issues, Pedro decides to start a religion. The family micro-company becomes a success, but the nightmares continue: strange drives, new words, images pulled out of the air by an ageless and nameless Son. Perhaps religion has to come down to earth. Perhaps Pedro should enter politics. Will he succeed? And what about Maria? And their Son? And the others? And us?
Jacinto Lucas Pires was born in Porto in 1974 and lives in Lisbon. He is a writer and a playwright. A Gargalhada de Augusto Reis (The laugh of Augusto Reis), his latest novel, has just come out (published by Porto Editora). The True Actor (published in the US by Dzanc, translation by Jaime Braz and Dean Thomas Ellis) won the 2013 DST Distinguished Literature Award for the best book published in Portugal in the past two years. Lucas Pires won the prestigious Prémio Europa/David Mourão-Ferreira (Bari University, Italy/Instituto Camões, Portugal) in 2008. In the US, his stories have been published in St. Petersburg Review, The Common and The Mass Review. Jacinto Lucas Pires has written four novels, two short-story collections and two non-fiction books. He has written several theater plays.
He plays with the band Os Quais, and he keeps the blog O que eu gosto de bombas de gasolina. His soccer column appears in O Jogo. He comments on political issues at Renascença Radio.