Il berretto a sonagli

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The cap and bells is a deeply bitter, cruel and comical play, a reflection of a society that is “sickened with falsehood”. Gabriele Lavia plays the humble scribe Ciampa, who dives into the depths of folly to maintain a facade of respectability for his unhappy marriage. This was the first of Pirandello’s great characters to win bitter revenge for a lifetime of humiliation.

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Gabriele Lavia - here performing together with Federica di Martino - is one of the most impassioned and powerful representatives of the Sicilian Nobel-prize winning playwright. Ciampa, who dives into the depths of folly to maintain a facade of respectability for his unhappy marriage, was the first of Pirandello’s great characters to win bitter revenge for a lifetime of humiliation. The cap and bells was written by Luigi Pirandello in Sicilian in 1916 for the great Angelo Musco, who did not like the play; that first and unsuccessful staging was directed by Nino Martoglio. Pirandello then translated it into Italian. “There is no doubt - says Lavia - that this “extremely black comedy” is more vivid and scathing in Sicilian. We have created a blend of the “first” and “second” versions of this reflection of a form of humanity that bases its civility on falsehood. The cap and bells is the first radical example of extremely bitter, funny and cruel “expressionist” Italian theatre, a savage form of expressionism that seeks to present a society that is “sickened with falsehood”. Truth has no place in “human society”. Only a fool could tell the truth... but in any case, “... he’s mad!”. Thus, his wife Beatrice Fiorica reveals the truth, and now she “must” be civilly and socially mad”.

Duration: 2 hours and 15 minutes with an interval

The Playbill

Il berretto a sonagli

by Luigi Pirandello
with Gabriela Lavia, Federica Di Martino, Francesco Bonomo, Matilde Piana, Maribella Piana, Mario Pietramala, Giovanna Guida, Beatrice Ceccherini
directed by Gabriele Lavia
sets Alessandro Camera
costumes designed by the third-year students at the “Costume & Moda” Academy: Matilde Annis, Carlotta Bufalini, Flavia Garbini, Ludovica Ottaviani, Valentina Poli, Stefano Ritrovato, Nora Sala - Coordinator Andrea Viotti
music Antonio Di Pofi
lights Giuseppe Filipponio
an Effimera SRL production in co-production with Diana Or.i.s.

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Category of performance Guest
Stalls full price € 33 | Discounted (under 26 and over 65) € 21
Balcony full price € 26 | Discounted (Under 26 and over 65) € 18

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