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Marraco or the Playwright of Napalier

The Tenor and his sister Francesca travel to the coastal town of Napalier just after the Second World War was ended, during which it was occupied by the Nazis and liberated by the allies. It is never made clear which if the continents they are from, but arriving they stay at a small roadway motel where they share a bottle of wine with a man who explains that this city 'where the desert meets the sea' exists on two continents simultaneously, and that you can glimpse both the Italian countryside and the American desert from both ends. Driving further into town they eventually come across the famous Napalier theatre, which was where a playwright named Marraco set his most famous work. The theatre-keeper visits them outside the theatre and talks to the Tenor, who reveals that he was a fan. She says that they're playing some of Marraco's work inside, a play named Tu Bella, which the Tenor says is not a Marraco but was instead by some Marraco wannabe, a man named Cascare. The Theatre-keeper speaks to Francesca and eventually says that she is Marraco. "But how could I be Marraco? I have never even written a play!" "Well then, you have just as much right to it as Cascare did!" They go inside to go see a play, guided by the theatre's officer DuPont with his big wooden pipe. Inside there is a statue of the town's old mayor and the last of the Great Holy Generals, Barditzi. When Francesca asks how the Theatre and its players operated through the war the theatre-keeper reveals that the town pays for it, because it has some intrinsic meaning to them. They eventually go to watch a play, where it's revealed the theatre-keepers accusation was an inside joke - there is a sequence in Tu Bella where members accuse one another of being Marraco before the scene terminates spectacularly.