La bisbetica domata
by William Shakespeare
with Fatima Martins, Giovanni Franzoni, Massimiliano Paggetti, Paolo Giovannucci, Giuseppe Sangiorgi
adapted and directed by di Antonio Latella
a production of Elsinor
Generally meant to be one of the minor works by Shakespeare because of its less incisive poetics, La Bisbetica Domata is in fact one of his most revealing and modern works due to its theatrical and meta-theatrical play. Each scene opens on a new play, a new well-conceived theatrical mock play; in so doing, the declared fiction takes real tones, more credible than reality. Thus, the play within a play becomes a dream journey, a mirror of the subconscious, a nothingness mixed with life, the emptiness we experience every day.
Once again actors are asked to make the strongest effort in order to make a futile idea credible. Each one of them will have to wear several costumes, to play several roles, staging a metamorphosis allowing to continue to play and survive to the non-rules of the game and of the nightmare.