by Harold Pinter
translation by Alessandra Serra
interpretation and direction
Elena Bucci and Marco Sgrosso
A Teatro Stabile of Brescia production
in collaboration with Le Belle Bandiere Company
and with the support of the Municipality of Russi
sound of dramaturgy Elena Bucci and
light designer Maurizio Viani
lighting technician Gianluca Bergamini
coordinator Federica Cremaschi
photo Umberto Favretto
Alongside the tested surveying of re-reading
the great classics texts, we turn to a great contemporary author to
rediscover the authenticity of words closest to us in our
Harold Pinter is a ruthless detector of empty
conversations and comforting absurdities, masked by a supposed
With his sleek and cruel look he alludes to a
more viable possibility of existence, overturning modes and formulas
This new possibility of life arises from the
consciousness of pain and from the inability to define it
Richard and Sarah... but also Max and the Whore...
We are faced with a seemingly happy bourgeois
couple. Overturning the myth of Amphitryon and Jupiter, the man -
with the same appearance - plays both the role of the husband and the
other one of the lover of an accomplished Alcmene.
The groom and the bride mess marriage classic
habits, allowing the possibility of confusing coexistence of
different identities in each of us.
With lightning speed, a exhilarating
sequence of ironic scenes takes place in the claustrophobia of a
comfortable cottage, illuminated by the blinding sun.
The game of relationships and identities is
defined through clear and ironic signs – the tie, the hollyhock,
the cream, the cocktails, the heels and the bongos.
So it gains gradually darker and disturbing
Forced into an area without escape, Richard and
Sarah must face the truth everchanging and elusive of their being
Where does the necessity of this amusing and cruel
game of the slaughter come from?
In search of what freedom? Of what perfect
Otherwise in order to defend themselves from what fear?
Is it a voluntary game or an inevitable one? Is
the assumption to bluff allowed?
What happens when the rules break
This play - full of subtle traps - combines in
perfect elegance of style theater film and radio drama, mixing ironic
and tragic cuts.
We wonder about the mystery of attraction, of
trouble, of love, of complicity.
We also wonder about the danger hidden in the
attempt to build a unique and unbreakable bond. In the balance
between truth and falsehood, can we create an alliance? A prison? A
shelter? A springboard?
In the absence of clear answers, the beauty of
the journey remains.