Duration: one hour and 15 minutes without interval
On a set made up of video projections that form an integral part of the stage play. Eros Pagni lends voice and body to one of the most emblematic figures in the Betrothed, the Unnamed, interpreting the pages of Manzoni’s novel dedicated to the arrival of Lucia at her castle and to the tormented night in which the young woman, in the throes of desperation, makes her vow of virginity to the Madonna, while the man is assailed by anguish, remorse and scruples never before experienced.
“An infinite, endless, indecipherable ‘evil night’ - writes Daniele Salvo in the director’s notes -. The two characters in the extraordinary mental journey, created by Manzoni in his masterpiece and now re-written for the stage, move in what seems to be an endless night. The Unnamed comes to terms with himself, his lack of faith, his ambition and his finiteness. This eternal night, the true protagonist of the work, envelops all the characters, leaving them uncertain, anxious and fragile, changing their beliefs and leading them to do unthinkable things”.
A night in which to understand the journey that the man’s conscience takes, first descending into an atmosphere of nightmare and demoralisation, and then moving upwards, towards liberation from torment, and to the achieving of repentance and conversion: “The dizzying and tormented night-time journey of the Unnamed has the characteristics of Gothic hallucination and black tales - continues the director -, and therefore the sets for the play will be dreamlike. During the night anything can happen, unknown and torturous paths are taken, and it is easy to find oneself in illogical and impossible situations”.
Piccolo Teatro Strehler
from 28 October to 8 November 2020
La notte dell’Innominato
by Alessandro Manzoni
directed and adapted by Daniele Salvo
with Eros Pagni
and with Gianluigi Fogacci, Valentina Violo, Simone Ciampi
sets Alessandro Chiti
costumes Daniele Gelsi
lighting Cesare Agoni
music Patrizio Maria D'Artista
video by Michele Salvezza
a Centro Teatrale Bresciano and Teatro de Gli Incamminati production