HUBERT WESTKEMPER | The Penitent
Palazzo Reale – Cortile d’onore 3, 4, 5 July 2017
by David Mamet
with Luca Barbareschi, Lunetta Savino, Massimo Reale and with Duccio Camerini
set Tommaso Ferraresi costumes Anna Coluccia lighting design Iuraj Saleri music Marco Zurzolo sound design Hubert Westkemper video Claudio Cianfoni dramaturg Nicoletta Robello Bracciforti translation and direction Luca Barbareschi
production TEATRO ELISEO, FONDAZIONE CAMPANIA DEI FESTIVAL – NAPOLI TEATRO FESTIVAL ITALIA
The Penitent is the last theatrical text by David Mamet, one of the most important playwrights, directors and all-round intellectuals in contemporary America. The story tells of a doctor facing a media-shaming, following the murder committed by a young patient. As if that weren’t enough, the psychiatrist is involved in a suspect homophobia. In a society that tends to exploit even murder cases for obsessive and shallow chit-chat, these allegations are enough to earn the doctor the first-page cover of the dailies; he is left with nothing more than the disapproval and repugnance of a fickle and voyeuristic audience. Mamet’s text is staged by Luca Barbareschi, that says: «Nowadays things have drastically changed: to speak of good and bad guys is just humour sarcasm. Society claims the sacrifice of everyone’s integrity, without distinctions».