THE DODO OR THE SCHOOL FOR NIGHT

A previously uncollected and unpublished radio drama by the ground-breaking Italian poet Corrado Costa. Never part of Costa’s collected writings in Italian, The Dodo was composed in 1979-1980 for Pacifica Radio’s “Los Angeles Theater of the Ear” (L.A.T.E.) and premiered on KPFK Radio in Los Angeles in March 1980. The contemporary and the ancient mix in dizzying fashion in this one-act drama, driving the listener/reader to seek shelter in a shelter-less and unremitting aural landscape. “Who’s there?” one is finally forced to exclaim, along with the main character ringing, as well as the characters answering their door bells.

With several of Corrado Costa’s witty & curious drawings to highlight the script.


Corrado Costa was born in Mulino di Bazzano (Parma) in 1929 and died in Reggio Emilia in 1991. Starting in the 1960s Costa published many extraordinary collections of poetry, prose, and performance texts, including two American collections, Our Positions (1975) and The Complete Films (1983). He visited the U.S. only once in his life, in 1980, when he came to Los Angeles for the broadcast premiere of The Dodo.

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