The Augusteo Theater from Naples, Piazzetta Duca d’Aosta 263, opens the curtain for the first show of the 2022/2023 theater season: “The woman is mobile“By Vincenzo Scarpetta, directed by Francesco Saponaro, from Friday 28 October to Sunday 6 November 2022.
“Woman is mobile” is one comedy – musical parody from 1918, by Vincenzo Scarpetta, whose stage action is supported and enriched by monologues, duets and trios set to music and sung, presented as parodies of famous opera arias. The musical panorama of the romantic nineteenth century is extensively revisited thanks to the comic-grotesque rewriting and the reworking of the texts.
The dialectal comedy meets the parody of the opera: ranging from Rigoletto and La Traviata by Verdi to Cavalleria rusticana by Mascagni, from Guglielmo Tell by Rossini to La Bohème by Puccini. There is no shortage of delightful quotations from the operetta and parodic reworkings of the great hits of the early twentieth century, ending with marches and ballets composed by Vincenzo Scarpetta himself.
Interpreters and characters: Enzo Attanasio (marquis Cornacchia), Luigi Bignone (Eugenio Fiorillo), Giuseppe Brunetti (baroncino Procolo Turzi), Viviana Cangiano (Giacinta, daughter of the marquis Cornacchia), Salvatore Caruso (Vicienzo, don Ambrogio’s waiter), Elisabetta D ‘Acunzo, (Filomena, the usurer), Rosario Giglio (Ignazio Sazio), Ivana Maione (Luisella), Davide Mazzella (Salvatore, cook of the baroncino), Biagio Musella (Felice Sciosciammocca, Eugenio’s waiter), Serena Pisa (Giulietta, daughter of Ignazio), Luca Saccoia (doctor Ferdinando Saraca), Ivano Schiavi (the fishmonger Pascale) and Federica Totaro (Rosina, Ignazio’s waitress).
Live music performed by the pianist and arranger Mariano Bellopede, who also takes care of the musical direction, with Arcangelo Michele Caso on the cello and picks, and Giuseppe Di Maio on the clarinet.
Costumes by Anna Verde, lights by Gianluca Sacco and sound by Daniele Chessa. Trianon Viviani theater production.
In the Naples of the Twenties, the nobility experienced its twilight and the upper middle class was in full economic crisis after the stock market euphoria of the early twentieth century. The noble Juliet, scion of the Sazio family, aspires to a marriage with a rich man of high lineage. Don Ignazio, her father, tries to satisfy her in her whims and lets her play with the feelings of the penniless Eugenio Fiorillo, a foundling aided by the baron Don Ambrogio, and of the rich, but not at all attractive of her, baroncino Turzi. Juliet, prey to her careerism, succumbs to the flattery of Turzi and prepares to marry as a baroness. Thanks to some letters found in an old armchair, Eugenio discovers that he is the legitimate son and universal heir of Don Ambrogio. To take revenge on her, the very rich Indian prince Kitikuti pretends to make the pleased Juliet understand that he wants to marry her. With the help of Ferdinando the doctor, Luisella the fruit seller, Pascale the fishmonger and the three servants Felice, Vincenzo and Salvatore, organize a joke party against Juliet and all her associates …