“The mother of monsters” debuts at the “Torti” in Bevagna

“The Mother of Monsters”. This is the title of the show which will debut at the “Torti” theater in Bevagna on Saturday 19 November at 9 pm. A theatrical performance inspired by the stories of the writer and playwright Guy de Maupassant, whose staging investigates and constructs reality and daily life between madness and irony, just like the French author does. A production by the Teatro Stabile dell’Umbria with unpublished dramaturgy, staging and direction by Lorenzo Collalti and with the actors Michelangelo Dalisi, Caterina Carpio, Luca Carbone, Gabriele Linari and Grazia Capraro.

“Observing and deconstructing reality, without limiting yourself to a first sterile perception generating horror, was not fashionable even in Maupassant’s time: for this reason, an author like him seems so detached from his time, so ancient yet so current – ​​explains the director –. His almost methodical obsession with wanting to identify the most hidden aspects of human behavior – Collalti continues – is at the center of his work. Breaking the hypocrisy and the masks of reality, for Maupassant, means unleashing pain and irony together, confusing feelings without being able to grasp the crux of the matter. You don’t go in a single direction, there isn’t a single key to understanding the phenomena: this is certainly the most terrifying and at the same time exhilarating aspect of his literature ”. For Lorenzo Collalti, therefore, “the greatness of Maupassant lies in conveying this complex reflection through a disorienting immediacy. His stories are nothing more than very imaginative newspaper articles. In a few pages they describe a familiar fragment, a portrait of working interiors, a countryside scenario, without looking for anything epic. In fact, however, they remain journalistic pieces, devoid of an in-depth analysis of the context, the characters, the circumstances and therefore need dramatization. In the staging – the director anticipates on this front – this forces us to a contemporary rewriting of those same stories which, becoming dramaturgy, bring upon themselves, with even greater clarity, Maupassant’s thorny questions, beyond any context. The dramaturgical choice was to pivot on the story of Le Horla: a man confesses through a diary that he is possessed by a vampire and tries in every way to escape from his dominator; the more he will try to escape, the more he will build his own self-destruction. In the protagonist’s crescendo of madness, a series of stories unfold, almost as if they were slips, which come to life through thought associations. In the world of horror – concludes the director – time, as if it were a stream of consciousness and like any logical construct, loses its normative meaning of reality and allows a dialogue between the nineteenth century and the present day without judgement. Maupassant sees ‘invisible’ monsters in his time and, through rewriting, ‘finds’ that monstrosity in ours”.

After Bevagna, the show “La madre dei mostri” will be staged in nine other Umbrian cities: on 20 and 21 November at the “Manini” in Narni; on November 23 at the theater of the Academy of Tuoro sul Trasimeno; on 25 November at the “Mengoni” in Magione; on November 27th and 28th at Spazio ZUT! of Foligno; on November 29 at the “Concordia” theater in Marsciano; on December 1 at the “Caporali” in Panicale; on December 2 at the Don Bosco theater in Gualdo Tadino; on December 3 at the Philharmonic theater in Corciano and on December 5, 6 and 7 at the “Secci” in Terni.

It is possible to book by contacting the regional telephone box office of the Teatro Stabile dell’Umbria on 07557542222 from Monday to Saturday from 5 to 8 pm.

“The mother of monsters” debuts at the “Torti” in Bevagna