Directed by Marco Pomari – Original soundtracks by Achille Facincani
“Me marì? Me marì el resta là. L’è restà là, no’ so par ci, serti me dise per la patria. Ma ci ela sta patria? El so mi parchè l’è morto. Parchè i’è morti tutti. Par gnente!”
“My husband? My husband won’t come back. He stays there, I don’t know for whom, someone says for the nation. But who’s this nation? I know why he died, why everyone died… for nothing”. (a quotation in Veronese dialect from the play).
The Nation, the Great War with its consequences and the eyes… of common people, of women, who don’t what a Nation is, but they know what grief is, they know death and misery that every war brings. These are the main topics of the play The Diary of an Innkeeper. The play is a musical comedy set during the WWI and has been written by the young playwright and director Marco Pomari. The original soundtrack is composed by the young musician and composer Achille Facincani. On stage there are the youth choir, whose members have become actors, acting in Veronese dialect.
“This production is a tribute in memory of the Great War – Pomari said – We debuted in 2015, during the centenary of the Italy’s entrance in WWI, and that’s why I chose this subject. The choice to make my cast act in dialect is clear too, I believe that dialect is the true language of emotions indeed. When we express ourselves through dialect, we can use a much wider range of words, idioms or tones that make our dialogue more real”.
“It’s a funny and, at the same time, moving play, it makes the audience think of one of the most tragical moments of our history”, argues Paolo Facincani, president of A.LI.VE.
The Diary of an Innkeeper is set in a little village near Verona during the Great War, during a time when men were fighting the war, and women became householders. Some decided to do their husbands’ job in order to make a living, others, the richest, decided to manage their family’s heritage. These two groups start to argue, and in the middle of these arguments you find a bossy priest, a crusty innkeeper, a kickass first lady major and a bunch of naughty boys. But when the hunger comes, it does not spare anyone, rich or poor. Love will bring peace back: the love story between the rich girl Lisetta and the poor boy Martino, Romeo and Juliet from WWI.