© Marco Parollo

Ravenna Festival’s Preview

Acarnesi Stop the War!

rewriting from Aristophanes’s The Acharnians
dramaturgy and direction Marco Martinelli
music Ambrogio Sparagna

with teenagers from Pompei, Torre del Greco, and Castellammare di Stabia

set and lighting design Vincent Longuemare
costumi Roberta Mattera
aiuto regia Valeria Pollice, Gianni Vastarella

Schools participating in the project
Istituto di Istruzione Superiore Secondaria Statale “Eugenio Pantaleo”, Torre del Greco
Istituto Tecnico Industriale Statale “Renato Elia”, Castellammare di Stabia
Liceo Statale “Ernesto Pascal”, Pompei

production Parco archeologico di Pompei
in collaboration with Ravenna Festival, Teatro di Napoli – Teatro Nazionale

The lifeblood of adolescence, the discovery of the theatre and of one’s own voice, the disruptive power of the classics: Marco Martinelli returns to Pompeii with his “non-school” programme, to work with local teens on another three-year project dedicated to Aristophanes. After a prologue with The Birds, they will perform one of the playwright’s early works, The Acharnians: in it, Dikaiopolis, an old Athenian farmer, unable to persuade his fellow citizens to end the war, makes his own ‘individual peace’ with Sparta, returns to his farm and celebrates Dionysus while the city is in flames. When the Acharnians confront him, Dikaiopolis (‘the just citizen’) shows them that to serve one’s country is to pursue peace. In our own time, still ravaged by war, this play has enormous relevance as a dramatic hymn to peace.

In occasion of the event: Da Atene a Pompei a Ravenna: Aristofane trova casa