09 marzo 2013

La Fallaci sul palcoscenico

Mentre in Italia Monica Guerritore gira i teatri con Mi chiedete di parlare, negli Stati Uniti arriva Fallaci. Si tratta di uno spettacolo scritto dal grandissimo Lawrence Wright, autore del miglior libro in assoluto su Al Qaeda e l'11 settembre. Intervistato dal San Francisco Chronicle, Wright racconta di essere diventato un fan di Oriana negli anni settanta: "She wasn't nice. She didn't keep her opinions to herself. She was unlike any journalist I'd ever seen. I was captivated by her audacity and her intelligence and the way she refused to be put into a box and dismissed. She was formidable".

E ancora: "She made journalism sexy and powerful. She showed us that a reporter could be somebody in the world. She could get things out of people nobody had ever gotten. She could plumb people down to the very bottom of their souls".
In his play, Wright sets up an interview situation for the older Fallaci and a young female reporter, an Iranian American, who is challenging the ailing reporter on her hard line against Islam in a post-9/11 world. "In some ways, Oriana steered me into journalism, and now as a mature journalist, I have questions about her practice," Wright says. "I want to examine what I think about her, and the only way I could do that was in a play. Interviewing was her great art, so the only way of satisfactorily examining her is doing the same thing to her that she did to others."