by Emanuele Aldrovandi and Pietro Babina
loosely based on the biblical text
set design, lights and direction Pietro Babina
with Leonardo Capuano and Alessandro Bay Rossi, Barbara Chichiarelli, Fabrizio Croci, Andrea Sorrentino, Giuliana Vigogna
director assistant Mila Vanzini
video by Riccardo Mengoli
thanks to Domenico Brancale for his poetical contribution
technical direction Robert John Resteghini
head electrician Tommaso Checcucci
head stagehand Massimo Abbondanza
seamstress Elena Dal Pozzo
photos Claudia Marini
scenes built in the laboratory of Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione by Gioacchino Gramolini (head builder), Sergio Puzzo, Marco Fieni, Riccardo Betti; decorator Lucia Bramati
production Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione
Running time 2h
Pietro Babina is an Italian contemporary director, who won several national and international awards for his careful research, which investigates the emerging languages produced by new technologies in relation to dramaturgy and theatre fundamentals. “The Book of Job” is a journey based on the biblical text with the same name. Pietro Babina worked with Emanuele Aldrovandi (winner of Premio Hystrio Scritture di Scena 2015 and Pr emio Riccione Tondelli 2013) to reflect on many biblical questions.
Babina explained that Job evokes questions about the meaning of life from both a religious and an atheistic point of view. Job’s life is an inspiration for a contemporary tale. Once again, the playwright focuses on the themes that obsess him and on which, in his opinion, theatre itself is based: the research on the origin of the evil, the value of the good, the existence of a magical dimension, the relations between injustice and justice, power and freedom.
Pietro Babina asks himself and his audience: “Who is Job? Is his pain ours? Could his pain be ours? What is Job? Is he an emblem? Is it necessary for us to live Job’s own tragic events to understand his pain? Do these events cause the metaphysical questions? Or do they already lay in us? Is it possible to find an answer to the unsolved questions about the meaning of life and its consequent suffering?