ABSTRACT

JR‘Scenarios' – is that the correct plural?AFIn very strict literary Italian it should be scenarii with two i's, or a circumflex over a single one since any word ending in ‘io’ demands a double ‘i' plural. As to the scenario on which the performance is based, there's something interesting to be seen more clearly in the Neapolitan Casa Marciano collection than in that of the better known Il Teatro delle favole rappresentive by Flamino Scala. The scenarios are written on three pages, the first act being about a page and a half long, the second, one page and the third just half a page. Everything relevant to the storyline has to be revealed and its significance understood, and also any extra characters need to be properly introduced. The second act develops all that, the third also, but the scenario leaves much more space available towards the end for the invention of dramatic spectacle.