Felicità. Primo studio

conceived and performed by Lucia Franchi and Luca Ricci
with Mirco Ferrara and Federica Festa (later Francesca Amati)
directed by Luca Ricci
inspired by the diaries of Claudio Foschini, Massimo Bartoletti Stella, and Vincenzo Rabito preserved by Archivio Diaristico Nazionale in Pieve Santo Stefano (AR)
(the autobiography by Vincenzo Rabito is published by Einaudi with the title “Terra Matta”)

produced by CapoTrave
with the support of Regione Toscana, Teatro Libero di Palermo, Provincia di Arezzo, Comune di Pieve Santo Stefano (AR), Rete Teatrale Aretina.

Is there – for us – a state of mind that can be called happiness? We are guided by Montale’s fear to call it by name, lest we see it slip between the houses, like kickballs from children. Then, there are the dreams we have every night, and the memories that resemble dreams, and our hopes: Luca, who sees Piero della Francesca’s Madonna del Parto turn into the Madonna of the Diaries, Lucia’s peasant grandparents, Mirco and his karateka fight against a reality that cannot change. Finally, there are the stories of the National Diary Archive, which is located below our theater. In ten years, we have read the lives of nearly four thousand people. Side by side, they are a treasure that we feel compelled to recount. Certain autobiographical chronicles show how happiness is achieved and lost. Fragments of it remain.

We have chosen three tales: a Roman apartment burglar, to whom the cars on the road to Naples restore the taste of lost freedom; a Sicilian peasant during the Great War who laughs when he has “manciare e butane” (food and whores); and a teenager from Romagna who, in the darkness of a parish cinema, secretly clasps the hands of a “little red-haired girl” between his own. The play won first prize at the selection for young artists at the Teatro Libero of Palermo, Sicily’s Teatro Stabile d’Innovazione.

Debut: Palermo, Teatro Libero, 25.11.2003

“A lively and delightful ode to life (…) capable of recounting the multiplicity of reflections and facets that divide the tangible natural world from the supposedly desirable ‘realm of grace.’” (Christian Chiaruzzi, Giornale di Sicilia, 27.11.2003)

“Remarkable is the ability to create an incessant and varied scenic movement, to invent a nonexistent set design that lives and pulsates from simple objects used with flair and imagination: from the coffee pot dangling on a makeshift fire to model cars, from shoe boxes to the rubber globe, from the legendary jump ropes of a lost childhood to bare chairs where to place budding dreams of love.” (Agata Motta, La Sicilia, 29.11.2003)