Performance after A. Chekhov’s play of the same title (translated into Italian by Janny Garrera)
The theatre of the City of Naples, Teatro Stabile di Napoli, was founded in 2002. It had got its status of a national theatre in 2005. Starting with the 2003/2004 theater season, Association of the Teatro Stabile di Napoli is homed in the building of the Neapolitan Theatre Mercandante; the first night of The Cherry Orchard took place on its very stage in June 2014 under the frames of the Neapolitan Theatre Festival.
In Luca De Fusco’s performance, the action of The Cherry Orchard is taking place in the set design of an inner yard of a Mediterranean country villa. There are no cherry trees but only walls painted with lime paint and ruins of a decrepit house.
“I have always thought that The Cherry Orchard tells ‘our’ story. These impoverished noblemen living passively and unable to solve problems the life brings forth; these dandies who have ‘eaten away a fortune on candies’ or ‘died in Champaign’ look exactly as characters from numerous stories about Neapolitan aristocracy unable to become integrated with contemporary life. (…) I am sure that there is something common between Chekhov’s lightness and the lightness of a Neapolitan writer Raffaelle La Capria: they both show the decadence of the dominating class. Using La Capria’s language, Chekhov’s characters are deadly wounded with the loss of harmony.” Luca De Fusco
The performance runs in Italian with Russian subtitles.