ROYAL PALACE (Piazza Duomo 14, Milan) CARLO ANNONI AWARD 2018


A big thank you to the jury and the public for the exciting day on June 14 at Palazzo Reale.

And here are the winners:

Best play in Italian:

“Zeus in Texas” by Sergio Casesi.

Special mentions:

“Gazali per l’emiro”by Ana Fernandez Valbuena

“The odds of the asterisk (*)” by Lisa Capaccioli.

“Gino, Monday rest” by Gianni Clementi.

Best play in English

“Mark in Venice” by Mark Erson.


The winning play “Zeus in Texas” will be on stage,

in the form of “mise en espace”, at the Lecite/Visioni Festival at the Filodrammatici Theater of Milan on

October 27th, 2018


The award ceremony evening was a great success with the public (more than 200 people) who celebrated the prize for playwrights dedicated to love.

The authors’ personalities impressed the audience with the presence of playwrights like the Lutheran pastor Mark Erson of New York, who has his church in Christhopher street, home of the Stonewall riots, and the musician and writer Sergio Casesi, and the fresh author of The odds of the asterisk (*) Lisa Capaccioli and Ana Fernandez Valbuena with her refined culture, and Gianni Clementi with his originality.

Ferdinando Bruni has enchanted the audience with the theatrical reading of passages from the winning play.

We were all happily impressed by the response of the public proving that the Carlo Annoni Prize has great potential.

The 2019 edition will be followed much more closely by the Municipality and by the patronizing theaters (Elfo Puccini, Filodrammatici, Teatro della Ringhiera, Outis Tramedautore) and there are already a lot of development ideas (openings to playwrights of repressive countries, prizes for young playwrights, and partnership with the Italian Theater Festival in New York).


The new Carlo Annoni Playwriting Prize wishes to award unpublished plays on Gay topics, including ‘Love and Diversity’.

The prize has been presented at the 31st Mix Festival at Strehler Theatre in Milan.

Awarding 14 June 2018 at Palazzo Reale Piazza Duomo 14 (Milan) at 7.00 pm

There is no submission fee. 


The foundation wishes to create a virtual library to enable the circulation of the submitted plays, and act as a connector between the plays and theatre companies. When submitting the play, please state clearly if you wish us to include it in the virtual library or not.