Around the world in 72 days. The journey of Nellie Bly

This adventurous journey was really made in 1889 by the young American journalist Nellie Bly (pseudonym of Elizabeth Cochran), 16 years after the pubblication of Jules Verne’s adventure novel on Mr. Phileas Fogg’s travel around the world in 80 days. At the time of her trip Nellie was 24 and was the favorite of Joseph Pulitzer (father of American journalism) who hired her at New York World.

Nellie’s challenge against the time fascinated for months the newspaper’s readers. She left New York on 14 November 1889, traveling on ships, trains and wagons. The reporter stopped in Londra, Calais, Brindisi, Port Said, Ismalia, Suez, Aden, Colombo, Penang, Singapore, Hong Kong, Yokohama, San Francisco. She was back in New York on 25 January 1890, triumphantly welcomed by the public who had devoured her travel reportages. Nellie’s diary offers us a rapid description of the world narrated with the sensationalist style of the journalism of her time. She also met Jules Verne, giving back fame and publicity to his novel.

Nellie traveled around the world with only a travel bag and few clothes. She was used to carry a Kodak in her reports, but this time she unfortunately forgot it at home!

We can thus review the places she visited through her words, but also through original photos of the era made available for this production by the Italian Geographic Society on occasion of the premiere and edited in the video by Federico Spirito. Images’ credits include also’s digital archive.


Nellie Bly Diana Forlani / Jule Verne Lorenzo Acquaviva (recorded voice)

music Massimo Fedeli / video Federico Spirito Alessio Raponi by Timeless Production

setting and director Paola Sarcina, costumes Rita Sorgi


First performance: 10° Festival della Letteratura di Viaggio, Società Geografica Italiana, 22 Sept. 2017

Donne Perse(phone) Calendar 2019

After the workshop that allowed us to create the show and bring it on stage in Rome and other cities … After the publication of the book by dei Merangoli Editrice, to further spread the text by Annalisa Venditti … Here we are at the third stage: the calendar which tells the story of our theatrical journey, thanks to the photos by Teresa Mancini and the graphic design by Antonio Picardi.  With this project we give our contribute to the ONG working every day in defense of women who are violated, abused and killed.

Calendar 33×48 | 13 press sheets 4 + 4 | coated paper 170 gr | metal spiral

Printed format € 15 (limited edition). Order the calendar by writing to

Watch the back stage video on our Youtube channel

Mythos 3.0 go to school

Mythos 3.0 – Reading and workshops on contemporary rewriting of classical myths for classical and scientific high schools, teacher training colleges. Three pairs of myths (Achilles / Elena, Eco / Narciso, Era/ Kronos). Project available on request for the school year 2016/2017.

Notebooks of Lazio. Tasting the landscape

here the link to the page with the detailed program

go to this link to download the digital notebook of the project