by Annibale Ruccello
director Geppy Gleijeses
with Geppy Gleijeses, Lorenzo Gleijeses
Nunzia Schiano voice on radio
Gino Curcione voice of transvestite
scenes Paolo Calafiore
costumes Ludovica Pagano Leonetti
lighting Luigi Ascione
production GITIESSE Artisti Riuniti
directed by Geppy Gleijeses
and Teatro Quirino
The Five roses of Jennifer, the masterpiece by Annibale Ruccello, the Neapolitan "cult" author who passed away when he was only 30, is the story of a transvestite imprisoned in a ghetto district who desperately chases his wretched love dream. He is not a man, nor a woman, but a precious creature, a hermaphroditic soul.
"Transvestite" is a very precise word and as a noun indicates, "male homosexual dressed as a woman who sometimes prostitutes himself" and as a verb "travesty" "someone who conceals his true nature by assuming ideas and behavior profoundly different from his". Thus, being an actor, just like having assumed or faked a female identity, implies a process of moral and physical "travesty". A transvestite is a borderline creature, a "deported figure" as Ruccello defines his characters. He is not a transsexual, he has not made the big leap, he generally lives his condition painfully and in any case hyperbolic, touching the extremes of depression and euphoria, a wonderful creature, fragile, very delicate, sometimes violent but always marginalized.
Therefore, we chose a very realistic basis; the house, the little things that surround us, the idols, the soundtrack, the foods we cook, the odors we smell. On this basis Jennifer and Anna have taken us into the universe of Annibale Ruccello who, from the marvels of a horrible daily life, projects you into an expressionist condition of great despair interspersed with a few moments of euphoria.
As Annibale wanted, the interpretive process in this case should not be alienation, it is not the actor who jokes about Jennifer, it is Jennifer who looks at herself. And at the end of our show, in front of her "dressing table" removing her make-up, Jennifer gets rid of her condition as a transvestite (and at the same time the actor who interprets her, breaks away from her) but for her there is no life beyond that parting since, and this is the profound difference, that fiction is her truth, the only one possible.