Date: 20 – 23 June at 8:00pm & 23-24 June at 3:00pm
Venue: McAulay Studio, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Wan Chai
Booking: Advance discount orders (HKD 180 per ticket) up to 20th May from firstname.lastname@example.org and from the Italian Chamber.
From 20th May 2012: tickets are HKD 200 (HKD 180: students, seniors and disabled) from all URBTIX outlets (includes Arts Centre, Sheung Wan Civic Centre) or online at http://www.urbtix.hk.
Credit card telephone bookings 2111 5999
Ticketing inquiries: 2734 9009.
Italy 2012 is proud to present Filumena Marturano, a play by renowned and much loved Neapolitan playwright and actor, Eduardo De Filippo. In Filumena a collection of individuals who finally succeed in fusing into a family are a metaphor symbolising Italy crushed by the Second World War but showing its courage to survive and its determination to create a better future. By presenting this play in 2012 the Italian Chamber demonstrates its faith that Italy’s resilience and determination will overcome current troubled times as it has done in the past.
De Filippo was made a life senator of the Italian Republic in 1981 and went on to translate Shakespeare’s The Tempest into Neapolitan in 1982! Filumena was initially written as a tribute to Eduardo’s sister, Titina De Filippo, a famous Neapolitan theatrical actress, who took the title role in the first production in Naples in 1946.
De Filippo’s and Filumena’s fame have travelled beyond Italy. Judi Dench played Filumena in English translation to a standing ovation at London’s Piccadilly Theatre in 1998, directed by Peter Hall. She was preceded by Joan Plowright, directed by Zeffirelli at the Lyric in 1977!
Our Filumena will be directed by Hong Kong’s most prolific and well-known director, Adam Harris. It will feature a cast of grass roots Hong Kong actors, including our Chamber’s Vice President.
Filumena will be performed at the McAulay Studio, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Wanchai from 20th to 24th June 2012 (including 2 matinee performances). An opening vernissage will be held at Assaggio Trattoria Italiana (6/F Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong).
The curtain opens on Domenico Soriano, 50, a wealthy Neapolitan shop-keeper who is raging against Filumena, 48, a former prostitute. They lived together for 26 years as husband and wife and she has cheated him, pretending to be near to death, and convincing him to marry her in extremis. Domenico, however, would rather marry Diana, a young girl, who is already in the house pretending to be a nurse. Filumena reveals the real reason for the marriage to Domenico: she wants to create a family for her three children (Umberto, Michele and Riccardo) who have no idea of who their mother really is.
Domenico is not going to allow this and asks his lawyer, Nocella, to annul the marriage. Filumena speaks to the young men telling them that she is their mother. Filumena accepts the defeat of the annulment, but tells Domenico that one of the three children is actually his. All attempts to find out who his son is fails, and Domenico, after 10 months remarries Filumena accepting to be the father of all three.
In the play Filumena memorably tells Domenico that “Children are children, and they’re all equal” (I figli sono figli e sono tutti uguali).