Year: 2008/ 2012
Lenght: 80 min
The project is based on the play Boston Marriage, an ironic and amusing text by American playwright David Mamet, screenwriter of such masterpieces as The Postman Always Rings Twice and The Untouchables. “Boston Marriage” was a term used in late 19th-century Boston society to describe a type of female same-sex partnership. Two ladies and former lovers, Anna and Claire, find themselves in Anna’s house after several years apart.
The set is right out of the 19th century. Small clues make it clear from the outset that the ladies’ elegance is a façade. Adding to the humorous exchanges between Anna and Claire is the character of the naïve but comical maid who cannot do anything right. The story is simple and not participatory, but the ironic language and sharp female characters captivate the audience.
The text, already a success in the United States, was in this case adapted for the “drawing rooms”/ reception halls of large houses in several Italian cities. The show ran for most seasons, with 200 repeat performances before its official debut in January 2012, in the foyer of the Teatro Gobetti, as part of the season of the Teatro Stabile di Torino.
Boston Marriage offers an opportunity to experience the relationship between drama and space, and to see how the life of the characters and the writing changes from one “drawing room” to the next.