Night of Fools / Cosi
A comedy containing elements of non-conventional humour, majestic comical sequences and charming acting full of subtle nuances and zealous interpretation of songs.
A young drama director Lewis is working on his debut performance. He is supposed to produce a play featuring mental hospital patients for whom acting constitutes a part of their therapy. But his directing ambitions are frozen out when one of the patients pushes through Mozart’s opera Così Fan Tutte. The unusual cast, comprising a pyromaniac, a lithium addict who hates Mozart, a stammering lawyer, an autistic woman… that is only a sample of this singular troupe which, little by little, draws Lewis into their own visions of the play, and gradually also into their lives. This poses the question: Who, in fact, is insane? The galvanizing semi-autobiographical comedy about the creation of a theatre performance in the specific setting of a mental hospital was written by Louis Nowra (*1950), one of Australia’s most famous playwrights. Nowra is the author of thirty plays, dozens of screenplays and four opera librettos. In 1996, The Night of Fools was adapted into a film of the same name.
Premiere: at Mahen Theatre on February 15th, 2019
Length of staging: 2 hours and 45 mins incl. intermission