VICO ANGELO CUSTODE
written by: Michele Santeramo
directed by: Michele Sinisi and Michele Santeramo
with: Michele Sinisi, Danilo De Summa, Vittorio Continelli
a production by the Teatro Minimo di Andria
and the Fondazione Pontedera Teatro
in collaboration with Fest Teatro
A bench; the entrance of a house- a silhouette, only an outline; three brothers called Michele, Raffaele and Gabriele; a mother hidden by the darkness: this is Vico Angelo Custode.
This is the story of three adolescent thirty-somethings who need to grow up.
Three brothers who are in Vico Angelo Custode today just like always. The first half of the show reveals the normality of their lives: their relationships, their flaws, their little games, their way of life.
A simple, carefree life.
The three play with the wind that never arrives at Vico Angelo Custode.
This is the life that squashes you where you are born; for which your habits have built you, have formed you, have given you a past, this present and some vague hope of keeping everything how it is.
Aspirations disappear for lack of imagination, and you live like this, today just like yesterday.
But then something changes. Because it must change. Because something always changes.
In situations like these, in which everything has been fixed for centuries, in which nothing has changed for decades, in which happiness means opening your eyes in the morning and closing them in the evening, in situations like these something big, something very big, has to intervene to change things.
Here, at Vico Angelo Custode, the mother of the three brothers dies.
This is the biggest tragedy that fate could throw at them. But it is also- cynically, cruelly perhaps- an opportunity. The possibility that the old, stultified world, protected and enjoyable, will change around you.
It is the moment when you must face life for what it is, and not for how you have been accustomed to live. It is the moment in which three adolescents in their thirties have to face pain, and grow up. They have to face up to the practicalities and organise a funeral for their mother.
But they have no money.
Here, no-one has money.
Here, funerals are expensive.
Here, dying costs 1500 Euros.
And to be able to tell the world that their mother is dead, the three have to find the money.
Vico Angelo Custode is the place where, laughing, you have to grow up.