David Foster Wallace
Interviews With Hideous Men
winner of the national competition Nuove Sensibilità 2008
written and directed by Tommaso Pitta
based on the book "Brief Interviews With Hideous Men" by David Foster Wallace
starring Federico Bonaconza, Margherita Giacobbi, Vincenzo Giordano, Massimiliano Loizzi, Lino Musella and Roberto Testa
costume design: Simone Valsecchi and Gianluca Sbicca
set and light design: Mauro Marasà and Roberto Bivona
produced by Teatro Stabile delle Marche
The play tells the journey of a young woman’s relationships with men: from her first ill-fated love experiences; to her decision to write a book and collect interviews with “hideous” men about their dysfunctional relationships with women; until a final cathartic encounter that will change her life forever.
Just like in the book, the woman never speaks. The story is told entirely through the words that the men say to her, whilst she always faces away from us and we never see her face.
“A play in the vanguard, in a constant ‘crescendo’ of tension and drama. Winner of the National Competition Nuove Sensibilità, from over 300 theatre companies, Tommaso Pitta the talented writer and director from Milan presents the rash and caustic style of the American author with a work divided into three parts [...] Masterful performances from the actors.”
Marche Domani, Nicola Boldreghini
“There is no pause to think in the constant dialogue and terrifically thick weaving of ‘Interviews With Hideous Men‘ - interrupted only by a few strategic inserts of music and some sinister and mechanical echoes. Tommaso Pitta, the young director-revelation winner of the National Competition Nuove Sensibilità, debuted the play at the Alla Mole Theatre [...] The play reveals Pitta’s talent for handling writing and storytelling for the stage. Excellent performance from the actors.”
Il Giorno, Luca Divo
“Tommaso Pitta challenges himself with David Foster Wallace, directing a play about the inability of the sexes to attain harmony. The outcome is a demanding piece, harsh and provocative, often very painful, conducted on the edge of a deep truth [...] The female protagonist remains wrapped in an aura of desolate and bated silence. Pitta decided to make her an uncomfortable witness through which he investigates the cruelties, perversions, conflicts and fears of the male universe, bringing out a deep anxiety and painful pessimism for their human condition [...] A remarkable performance by the actors who, following the director’s vision, maintain a delicate balance between wickedness and pain, providing their characters with emotional intensity and human substance.”