Compagnia Verdastro Della Monica
EROS E PRIAPO
from the work of Carlo Emilio Gadda
by Roberto Bacci and Massimo Verdastro
dramatic process: Luca Scarlini and Massimo Verdastro
with: Massimo Verdastro
music: Francesca Della Monica
a production by Fondazione Pontedera Teatro
in collaboration with the Compagnia Verdastro Della Monica
From rage to ash
Bored with the commonplaces about contemporary Italy and by the salesmanship of electoral programmes, we turned to the works of Carlo Emilio Gadda to examine our national roots. Eros and Priapo for us is a tragedy, a real but at the same time farcical question about contemporary life. A present which like every effect, has its cause in the recent past. For my generation and many others that have lived through fascism in the documentaries of the Instituto Luce, in the cinema, in history books and songs of the time, Eros and Priapo is a sort of theatrical meditation on having been and being Italian.
Together with Verdastro, Scarlini and Della Monica, I accepted this challenge, asking myself whether theatre can still be a mirror of reality. Can theatre be an instrument for opening our consciousness to a non-televisual reflection? The history of our fathers is a testimony to the tragic and grotesque reality that was and is fascism. The complexity and accomplishment of Gadda's use of language, and the generosity of Massimo Verdastro as an actor, convinced me that this history can also live today as self-observation and an observation of our times.