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Written, Directed and performed by Dario D’Ambrosi

A Teatro Patologico Production

in Italian and English

June 28, 2022 | 6 PM

at the Italian Cultural Insitute's new location:
710 Sansome St, San Francisco




First presented in New York at La MaMa in 1980, this seminal play about a psychiatric inmate victimized by neglect in the outside world was written as a reaction to the Italian Mental Health Act of 1978, which was the first law to reform the psychiatric system. It is a call for help and understanding instead of indifference and fear.

Tutti Non Ci Sono (We Are Not Alone, 1980, 1989) was D'Ambrosi's American debut piece when first presented by La MaMa in 1980. It is a solo performance in which an inmate from a psychiatric ward is victimized by neglect in the outside world. The play was written in reaction to an Italian law, passed in 1978, which changed the Italian approach to mental institutions. At that time, inmates released from psychiatric wards had nowhere to turn and became helpless, homeless people living in the streets. D'Ambrosi, survivor of a rough, difficult boyhood in working-class Naples, began working with young (and less young) mental patients, seeking to find out what the violence of some of his buddies -- the paranoia and schizophrenia of the streets -- was all about. To this end, the rugged 20-year-old soccer player (he had played four years for the Milan team) set himself to some months of watching and learning into Rome's Santa Maria de la Pieta psychiatric clinic. From that experience was born what Jerry Tallmer, writing in The New York Theatre Wire, called " the marriage of theater with pathology" -- a concept for theater that is highly metaphoric, ironic and comic as well as tragic.

Basaglia Law or Law 180 (Legge Basaglia, Legge 180) is the Italian Mental Health Act of 1978 which signified a large reform of the psychiatric system in Italy, contained directives for the closing down of all psychiatric hospitals and led to their gradual replacement with a whole range of community-based services, including settings for acute in-patient care, which can appropriately be called “alternative” to the psychiatric hospitals. Named after the name of its main proponent, Franco Basaglia, an Italian psychiatrist, neurologist, professor, pioneer of the modern concept of mental health, the Law has had worldwide impact as other counties took up widely the Italian model.



Dario D’Ambrosi, founder of the Pathological Theater of Rome is one of the major Italian avanguard artists. Author, director and actor, he has been working for over thirty years on his personal research on madness, developing some among the most interesting theater shows on the Italian and International scene.

The shows of the Pathological Theater investigate the statuses of mental illness by grasping its vital, artistic and creative aspects with the intention of restoring the “dignity of the fool”.

After moving very young to New York City, he met during the Seventies Ellen Stewart, founder of the La MaMa Café ( Here he debuts with his first show, the monologue Tutti Non Ci Sono, which ran for long in the theater season. In those years he met internationally recognized artists such as Robert De Niro, Andy Warhol, Lou Reed, Pina Baush. Tutti Non Ci Sono, La Trota, The Days of Antonio, Flies Buzzing, Allucinazioni Da Psicofarmaci, Cose Da Pazzi, The Prince of Madness, Il Nulla, Frusta-azioni, Un Regno Per Il Mio Cavallo (based on Richard III) are some of the titles of the most significant shows by Dario D’Ambrosi, which have been performed in all the major Italian cities, in New York City, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, L.A., Detroit in North America and in Barcelona, Amsterdam, London, Bruxelles and Munich in Europe.

As an actor D’Ambrosi works for cinema and television. He has acted with other artists such as Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Lange, Ben Gazzara, Sergio Castellitto and Dario Fo, and under the direction of Mel Gibson. Dario D’Ambrosi also directed several movies and shorts.

Dario D’Ambrosi, in collaboration with Tor Vergata University in Rome, is the foundator of The first Integrated Theatre of Emotion University Course. It’s a research, study and training community, in which teachers, researchers, technical and administrative staff, managers and students, participate fully within the context of their respective expertise, functions and responsibilities. As components of the course and the host university, they contribute to the achievement of institutional goals. Its fundamental and primary purpose is the pursuit of an educational, scientific and social research project, organizing different forms of training in a branched structure. These include orientation, cultural and professional development and the use of instrumental and/or complementary activities for the development of knowledge and critical skills that are expressive and open to dialogue and interaction with those of different abilities in the social world.



Date: Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Time: At 6:00 pm

Organized by : IIC San Francisco

Entrance : Free


710 Sansome St, San Francisco