The company

Capotrave is the name of a mountain in the Apennines, in Tuscany, the birthplace of our company.
We liked the sound of the word: as harsh and real, as the lands from which we come. “Rough Appendices of the exquisite centers”, the writer Pier Paolo Pasolini described them.
We liked the link with antiquity: the large logs that were traveling across the Tiber to Rome came from Capotrave. We have done the same thing: we live and work between the Tiber Valley and Rome.
Only when we had already chosen our name, did we discover that centuries before in Capotrave, actually in 1600, lived a woman named Lucrezia Verzaia, known to all as “Maiola”. Maiola was tried and convicted of witchcraft: in a historical archive we found the papers of her trial. We once told her story in a short monologue. Ever since then Maiola has been our patron.

CapoTrave is a theatre company founded by Mirco Ferrara, Enzo Fontana, Lucia Franchi and Luca Ricci in January 2003. Since 2009, the group has had its headquarters in Sansepolcro (Arezzo).
Since its foundation, it is recognized by the Region of Tuscany among the most interesting young companies in the regional landscape, and therefore eligible for funding (reconfirmed from 2004 to 2007). In 2010, the Region of Tuscany placed CapoTrave among the top 30 theatre companies supported by regional funding.
Since 2003, thanks to the recognition of the Province of Arezzo, CapoTrave has been a member of the network Rete Teatrale Aretina, which includes eight professional companies operating in the province.
In 2018 CapoTrave entered in the Infinito company, of whom Luca Ricci e Lucia Franchi are now co-directors together with Pierfrancesco Pisani. Infinito is financed by the Italian Ministry of Culture for the period 2018-2020 among the Theatre Production Companies focused on new and experimental Theatre Languages.
Moreover, together with the City of Sansepolcro, the company organizes “Kilowatt: the energy of the contemporary scene,” one of the most important Italian festivals for young groups of the new Italian fringe theatre (and winner of the Ubu Prize 2010).
The theatrical productions of CapoTrave take place in Rome, starting from the preparation of “The Supermales” (2006) and then “Robinsonade” (2008), the site-specific “Messagge in a Bottle” (2009), “Virus” (2010), “In the Wood” (2012), “Misterman” (2012), “Lourdes” (2015) and “Piero della Francesca. The point and the light” (2015), “The fight against Terror” (2017).
The latest work is “Small Homeland”, produced in 2019.
In 2021, Lucia Franchi and Luca Ricci won the UBU Prize for the Best Curatorship for “Kilowatt Festival” and CapoTrave/Kilowatt won the ANCT Prize for its activities during the years.