A funny re-adaptation of three mysteries

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Friday 12 June – 9.00 pm

A funny readjustment of three Mysteries

theatrical show freely taken from “Mistero Buffo” by Dario Fo
by and with Nicola Mariconda
Complex of Santa Maria delle Anime of Purgatory in Arco
via Tribunali, 39 – Naples
This project was born two years ago, conceived and realized by the Campania actor Nicola Mariconda, who re-elaborates and rewrites, using other dialects, three texts taken from “Mistero Buffo” by Dario Fo, three Giullarate:

The Birth of the Jester

The Blind and the Cripple

The First Miracle of the Child Jesus

“Mystery” is the term used already in the II, III century after Christ to indicate a show, a sacred representation. Even today, during Mass, we hear the priest who declaims: “In the first glorious mystery … in the second mystery …”, and so on. Mystery therefore stands for: sacred representation; Mystery Funny means: grotesque show.

Who invented the Funny Mystery was the people.

Since the first centuries after Christ the people had fun, and it was not only a fun, to move, to play, as we said, shows in ironic-grotesque form, precisely because for the people, the theater, especially the grotesque theater, is always been the primary means of expression, of communication, but also of provocation and agitation of ideas. The theater was the spoken and dramatized newspaper of the people. But as Dario Fo the jester clarifies, that is, the popular comedian actor of the Middle Ages did not throw himself at mocking religion, God and the saints but had the intent to denounce in a comic way the furious maneuvers of those who, taking advantage of religion and the sacred , they did their own business.

The “Re-adaptation of three Mysteries” finds the narrative / theatrical trend that Dario Fo launched in the ’60s; Nicola Mariconda through a grotesque dance of bizarre characters, with voices and sounds of near and distant dialects, takes up the central themes of the work: the awareness of the existence of a popular culture, the direct condemnation of the abuse of power and the recognition of the dignity of the worker and of the human being.

Arguments that come to life in a particular social and political situation like that of the 60s and which in the current condition are urgently needed and renewed vehemently.

“Learn to laugh! To turn even the terror into laughter … Let all burst into great laughter … so that laughing every fear melts!