Kafka’s “The Trial” is staged at the Teatro Ciak in Rome

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Joseph K is the designee on duty. With him – as Primo Levi writes – one travels through dark meanders, along winding roads that never lead to where you would expect. One of the most enigmatic texts of 20th century literature, returns to the Teatro Ciak in Rome The process by Franz Kafka in the stage adaptation by Massimiliano Giovanetti and Michele Montemagno, staged by Friday 3 to Sunday 12 March.

Starring on stage are Ruben Rigillo, Riccardo Bàrbera and Mario Scaletta together with Linda Manganelli, Fabrizio Bordignon, Barbara Abbondanza, Gigi Palla and Enrico Ottaviano, directed by Anna Masullo.

One morning, seemingly like any other, loud knocks resound at the door. Upon waking up the protagonist swirls into one of the most feared nightmares: to be accused and tried for something that he did not commit and that is unknown to the court itself. The story of Joseph K, accused of an unspoken crime, arrested albeit on the loose, forced against his will to the absurdity of a judicial fact that is tangled in inextricable and paradoxical knots, tragically resembles that of innumerable cases that have risen to the disgrace of the news judicial.

The theme of the administration of justice, which Kafka tackles with the gloomy soul of a tragic resignation to its worst aspects – corruption, arbitrariness, narrow-minded bureaucracy, the violence of power – underlies that of Justice understood in its universal sense. Joseph K is guilty regardless, condemned to the lowest carousel of a rotten court, so much so that he is the first to lose the reasons for his innocence.

The Process had inaugurated the 2021 season in full pandemic – explains the Director Michele Montemagno – After all the efforts made and the Kafkaesque period we experienced, we wanted to re-propose the same show this season, highly appreciated by critics but seen by a small number of spectators due to the well-known restrictions. We symbolically close a dark and tortuous period by dedicating this important show to our audience who have always supported us warmly.

The show is produced by UBIK productions and Teatro Stabile del Giallo. The scenes are by Fabiana Di Marco, the music by Federico Capranica, the costumes by Susanna Proietti, the lights by Marco Catalucci.