a play by Lucia Franchi, Luca Ricci
with Antonella Attili, Giorgio Colangeli, Luisa Merloni
costumes Marina Schindler
sound design Michele Boreggi, Lorenzo Danesin
light design Stefan Schweitzer
technician Piero Ercolani
administration Riccardo Rossi
press office Maria Gabriella Mansi
photo Elisa Nocentini
set design and direction Luca Ricci
production Infinito Srl
In the shade of a living room, at coffee time on a sunny August Sunday, two notables of the place and the daughter of one of them meet together. All around, thoughts are already flying to the seaside and vacations, but some businesses remain to put in order.
Over a tray of vegan cookies, reasonable appetites and natural interests are confessed, agreements are made and dissolved. Favours and concessions, appointments and supposed advantages are regulated in order to assign them in the best way.
The Italian province is the real protagonist of the story: a microcosm for observing the dynamics of power, which have to do always with human beings’ desires and obsessions. Slightly, you slip on a process of absolving yourself and you reserve the right to obtain your little personal advantages, especially after your presumed big commitments in the public management.
Corruption is precisely this: granting yourself the possibility of an imperceptible exception. As Leonardo Sciascia writes in his novel “Todo Modo”: “Big gains make big principles disappear, small gains make small fanaticisms disappear.”
Antonella Attili made her cinema debut as the mother of the little Totò in Giuseppe Tornatore’s “Nuovo Cinema Paradiso”. Since then she has been playing important roles with directors Pupi Avati, Ettore Scola, Francesca Archibugi. In theatre she worked under the direction of Ennio Coltorti, Giancarlo Sepe, Roberto Cavosi, Serena Dandini. She has achieved popularity with the character of the Sicilian Agnese Amato in “Il paradiso delle signore” and with a series of monologues on Diego Bianchi’s “Propaganda Live” on LA7.
Giorgio Colangeli is one of the most popular and favourite actors in Italian auteur cinema: he won the Nastro d’Argento, in 1999, for “La cena” by Ettore Sola and the David di Donatello, in 2007, for “L’aria salata” by Alessandro Angelini. He played the role of Salvo Lima in Paolo Sorrentino’s “Il divo” and worked with directors Rubini, Muccino, Luchetti, Genovese, among many others. In theatre he has recently played Pope Ratzinger in Anthony McCarten’s “The Two Popes.”
Luisa Merloni founded, together with Manuela Cherubini, Psicopompo Teatro company. First in Italy, they translated and represented plays by Spanish-language authors such as Juan Mayorga, Daniel Veronese and Rafael Spregelburg, winning two Ubu Prizes for the best foreign text (2008, 2010). She is an author of monologues and plays: her work “Farsi fuori,” which she also performs together with Marco Quaglia, was finalist for In-Box in 2019.