Stefano Massini’s text has the air, the style and the pace of an epic poem, which tells of 150 years of the history of capitalism, from the mid 1800s - when the first of the Lehman brothers, Henry, arrived in America on 11 September (an ever-fateful day for United States history...) 1844 - to 2008, the year of the bankruptcy of the bank founded by the family in New York, Lehman Brothers.
A story of men and women, of fathers and sons, of temperaments and passions, of cotton, coal, railways, money and financial speculation, the saga of the Lehmans is at the same time a slice of the American dream: the country which gives everything to whoever shows talent, inventiveness and self-sacrifice, and which can over-turn fortunes and destinies in a handful of seconds. The Lehmans risk falling more than once, with the American Civil War, two world wars and the 1929 crisis, always however managing to pick themselves up again. Except for the final time: on 15 September 2008, Lehman Brothers became the greatest bankruptcy in world history. It is the abyss (or one of the results) of the global crisis into which we all still falling.
An all-star cast for the splendid directing of Luca Ronconi.
Piccolo Teatro Grassi
from 3 to 21 January 2017
by Stefano Massini, directed by Luca Ronconi
sets by Marco Rossi, costumes by Gianluca Sbicca
lighting by A.J.Weissbard, sound by Hubert Westkemper, make-up and hair by Aldo Signoretti
with (in order of appearance) Massimo De Francovich, Fabrizio Gifuni, Massimo Popolizio, Martin Ilunga Chishimba, Paolo Pierobon, Fabrizio Falco, Raffaele Esposito, Denis Fasolo, Roberto Zibetti, Fausto Cabra, Francesca Ciocchetti, Laila Maria Fernandez
A Piccolo Teatro di Milano – Teatro d’Europa production