A story based on K. Gozzi’s play, but transported to Samarkand, where traditional characters of Italian Commedia del’Arte found real personalities, histories, nationalities, and and languages.
In Gozzi’s play adapted by Mark Weil – Samarkand is Babylon where Asian and European cultures, different perspectives on life, society and values all mix together.
The characters in the play befriend each other, fall in love, sometimes they fight (maybe even throw a punch), but they can’t live without each other. The play, following Commedia del’Arte’s improvisational tradition, reflects Ilkhom’s feelings about the events that take place in our lives, as well as recent history. But it isn’t just an allusion to the reality surrounding us. It is also a captivating spectacle developed by the actors on stage, most of whom are barely twenty years old. And perhaps this is why their final address to the audience is both hopeful and tragic: “Unhappy, starving people. For you we turned bread to spectacle tonight. In return, I ask you only for one thing. Turn your prayers to the sky with fervor. For us and for yourself pray to the Gods. Ask them to send us wisdom to unveil the truth. To bring back justice and peace to an unhappy country, and make all servants, whom we love like our own children – happy.”