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Program type: International Program
Starts at: 21:00 - Thursday, 17 December
Luigi Pirandello

The Tortoise

Directed by Levan Tsuladze
Scenography by Levan Tsuladze
Choreographer: Gia Marghania
Music adapted by Zurab Gagloshvili
Costumes Designer: Nino Surguladze

Giovanni Franzoni, Giusto Cucchiarini, Massimo Scola, Michele Mariniello, Giulia Cailotto, Roberta De Stefano.


About Performance:
The author Levan Tsuladze chose is Luigi Pirandello, though not his dramatic work but fiction. The mainc characher Mr. Mishkov (Giovanni Franzoni) receives a tortoise as a present, which should bring him luck. Once the tortoise appears in the house everything goes upside down: stable bourgeois life is shaken, Mishkov’s relationship with his wife becomes extremely tense. The wife brings forth the ultimatum: “if the tortoise won’t leave the house in three days, I will!” The decision is not so easy or comic as it might seem, he has to decide whether to terminate his lovless marriage or not. The director depicts human feelings with humor and bitter irony, brings to the surface the sad and turbulent life of the couple.


Levan Tsuladze’s directorial debut in Italy, Modena in 2015 was Gogol’s “The Madman’s Letters” and was unanimously recognized as the discovery of the season.” Eliconie His Theatre is the one of constant searching, a theatre of autor, at the same time attracting wide audiences. One of the leaders of ERT, Pietro Valentini says about him: „note this director, he can reach very far.” Emanuella Jampaolo, La Reppublica.

Produced by Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione in collaboration with Kote Marjanishvili State Drama Theatre

Duration: 75 minutes, without intermission


A constant double point of view on theatre aimed on one side to give art a place to grow freely and on the other give the audience the intellectual and emotional involvement that the artistic production can provide.

Being part of artists’ dreams and projects, especially for newly conceived works, building a communicating vessels, open to suggestions and incentives from our territory of activity.

Projecting instead of programming, since this is the only way to share the artistic process of creation and offer it to the audience.


Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione is an Italian National Theatre based in Modena, that mainly works in drama area, and also in the dance sector. Founded in 1977, ERT was directed by Pietro Valenti from 1994 to 2016. ERT is directed by Claudio Longhi since 2017. The board of administrators includes Public Authorities: the Municipality, the Region and the Ministry.


Web:  www.emiliaromagnateatro.com | www.marjanishvili.com