Critical narration and history, but also comedy and irony are at the center of the 2022/23 program of Academic Theater of Bagni di Lucca. A new theatrical season that arises, as usual, from the collaboration between the municipal administration, the Toscana Entertainment Foundation onlus and the Michel de Montaigne Foundation.
There are five appointments scheduled from December 17th to March 30th. Artists much loved by the public such as Gaia De Laurentiis, Fabrizia Sacchi, Ettore Bassi, Roberto Andrioli they will take turns on the stage to accompany the spectators on a path of emotions and discovery.
“The prose season at the Academic Theater of Bagni di Lucca has been for years an essential appointment for all lovers of entertainment and culture. The choice of this year’s billboard tries to embrace various theatrical generics as much as possible, in order to attract a heterogeneous and varied audience, bringing in the hall not only the loyal spectators, but also the youngest to rediscover the magic of the theater – declares the delegate councilor for Culture of the Municipality of Bagni di Lucca, Agnese Benedetti – The offer ranges from classic to contemporary Neapolitan comedy, from the now distant Shakespearean world to the dramas of everyday life: an invitation to look at the curtain as a window on the world to get to know not only the classics of theatrical production, but also ourselves and our time “.
“From the classics to literature, from the recent history of our country to glimpses of life – observes the president of Fondazione Toscana Spettacolo onlus, Cristina Scaletti – the 2022/23 billboard of the Academic Theater of Bagni di Lucca takes shape. An exciting journey into the narrative, entrusted to authors and performers who will be able to accompany the public on a path of discovery and sharing, giving further value to the theater, both in its cultural dimension and in its irreplaceable social and aggregative function “.
“The Academic Theater – explains the director of the Toscana Spettacolo Foundation, Patrizia Coletta – is ready to welcome its audience with a program of shows capable of touching the deepest chords of the spectator, thanks to the perfect balance between themes and registers and the undisputed value of the texts and performers. A coherent cultural project, which makes it possible to propose a complete offer for the territory of Bagni di Lucca, designed to satisfy enthusiasts and stimulate the interest of an ever wider audience of citizens ”.
“At a time when each of us is afflicted by serious concerns of various kinds, – observes the president of the Michel de Montaigne Foundation, Marcello Cherubini – sitting comfortably in the theater and identifying with the narration that takes place on the stage can serve, at least for that temporal space, to reconcile with the reality of our daily life “.
The season will open on Saturday 17 December (at 9.15 pm as for all shows) with comedy Where are you played by Gaia De Laurentiis and Fabrizia Sacchi as sisters Glenda and Suzanne, who live on a quiet farm in Canada, supporting themselves by selling their famous jams. Two diametrically opposed characters: the first a serious country woman, while the second a free spirit who continually expresses her desire to have fun again… but their habitual and peaceful lives are complicated by a secret that the sisters can no longer hide.
The program continues on Wednesday 18 January with What good are these money by Armando Curcio. The comedy was staged for the first time in 1940 by the De Filippo company with great public success. The story, set in an Italy on the threshold of the Second World War, revolves around the Marquis Parascandolo, known as the Professor, who, in order to demonstrate his bizarre and counter-current Socratic theories, hatches a comically paradoxical plan that reveals the uselessness of possession of the money.
Sunday 5th February is the time of The merchant of light with Ettore Bassi. The show, based on the novel of the same name by Roberto Vecchioni, tells of the poetic journey of a father and a son suffering from progeria. The attempt is to leave him a gift, the greatest possible, beyond happiness, lack of love and love, the chance of being born or not; beyond all this which is a whirling of wings in a high melody and which we carry within us beyond the given time. Because it doesn’t matter how long you live, but with how much light inside.
Shakespeare in 90 minutes with Roberto Andrioli, Fabrizio Checcacci and Lorenzo Degl’Innocenti is the show scheduled for Saturday 25 February. A theatrical challenge, a light and extravagant immersion in the Shakespearean world, an amusing and amusing tribute to the great playwright. William Shakespeare’s complete works in 90 minutes, comedy-written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield, after debuting at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
in 1987 it was performed at the Criterion Theater in London for nine years, becoming one of the best known shows in the world. A parody of all the works of William Shakespeare performed in comically abbreviated form by three actors, using the most varied interpretative techniques.
Last appointment in season Thursday 30 March with The last summer – Falcone and Borsellino 30 years later. The show is a mosaic of ironic and bitter events, public and intimate, which retraces the last months of the life of the two Palermo magistrates. The two protagonists, for once removed from rituals and mythologies, question and tell each other, confront each other and with the viewer, leading them to relive fundamental moments of their friendship, as well as the history of this country.
Subscription to five shows
Stalls and stage 1st and 2nd order: full price 65 euros; reduced 57 euros
3rd order box: full 52 euros; reduced 47 euros
Reduced season ticket: over 65 and under 35
Stalls and stage 1st and 2nd order: full 20 euros; reduced 18 euros
3rd order box: full 16 euros; reduced 14 euros
Reduced tickets are entitled to: over 65s and FTS spectator card holders
Reduced ticket 8 euro: university students with the ‘Student of Tuscany’ card, under 35 (future ticket in collaboration with Unicoop Firenze) and school groups.
On the occasion of each single show, which will start at 9.15 pm, the ticket office will open at 8 pm.