ABSTRACT

The early companies were not democracies – the term had not yet even been invented. But they were ensembles, and anyone from the youngest to the most experienced could propose a theme and, perhaps, write down a few suggested scenes. The company would then improvise around the theme, and then someone (and it was usually the same person, the one with the most literary bent) would write out the full scenario. This might be the leader, the capo comico, but not necessarily.