La Festa della Regina

CapoTrave foto
concept and playwriting Lucia Franchi e Luca Ricci
with Consuelo Battiston Gianni Farina Lucia Franchi
set design Enzo Fontana
directed by Luca Ricci

a production by CapoTrave
substained by Regione Toscana and Comune di Pieve Santo Stefano

Looking to masters of sound and speech such as Beckett and Pinter, the staging of La Festa della Regina was born, a show whose strengths lie in ironic language and rhythmic research. The scene consists of a curve of burlap descending from the backdrop to the floor, from which certain rough “packings,” a la Man Ray or Christo, emerge, and a large orange door, placed vertically, a concrete and at the same time symbolic boundary between outside and inside.

The story is inspired by a news clipping that appeared in the national press a few years ago. In an unspecified country where many women mysteriously disappear, and where no one has been getting married for years, live three sisters who plan to open a wedding dress store. They think marriages will start again with the opening of their enterprise. A letter carrier, whom they never get to see, delivers to them from under their door yet another postcard from a brother living in Australia. None is the same as the other. One day they receive a communication from the bank: they have the money they need to open the store. But one of the three decides she is no longer interested in the project and wants to leave. It disappears. It is no longer known where he is. Then, a new postcard arrives that is strangely the same as one already received. And it goes on until the end of a story of disappearances and reappearances, which at times may seem like a provincial detective story, and at others is too surreal not to be a metaphor for a country that is out of breath, losing pity, hope and conscience.
Giving body to this vision are three actors who relate to each other in a language that is a mixture of their dialects.