THE BETROTHED | Reference Production by Teatro Elsinor

THE BETROTHED

An original novel by Alessandro Manzoni

Adaptated by Michele Sinisi with the collaboration of Francesco M. Asselta

Directed by Michele Sinisi 

Set design: Federico Biancalani

Costumes: Gdf Studio

Cast: Diletta Acquaviva, Stefano Braschi, Gianni D’addario, Gianluca delle Fontane, Giulia Eugeni, Francesca Gabucci, Ciro Masella, Stefania Medri, Giuditta Mingucci, Donato Paternoster, Michele Sinisi

The Betrothed is the Italian most famous novel, a masterpiece that everyone has studied at school. For this reason, it is linked to a pedagogical dimension and not to a personal one. At school, the exchange with teachers is now changing, since it is characterised by multidisciplinary aspects. Internet for example, provides a series of instruments (and shortcuts) to facilitate the learning process: there, you can find diagrams, historical events, philosophical and political trends that characterised the complex context of The Betrothed. The ability of theatre is to trasform contents into something more physical, always inspired by new suggestions and possibilities. Following this concept, it is interesting to connect theatre practice to Manzoni’s work, an investigation about the relationship between human beings and historical events. Manzoni was able to describe a community so alive and full of semplifications and clichés thanks to a very deep psychological analysis that let him go beyond the concepts of positive and negative characters.

Sinisi’s adaptation aims at investigating the relationship between people and history through contemporary awareness. The Providence, another important character of the novel, today represents an ancestral need, the one of living together in a community where people respect each other’s differences and can get rid of their fears. It is going to be a fresco made with a new prospective, in order to show what a classic is, i.e something boundless.

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