Cannovacci: John Rudlin & Olly Crick 1999
GAME OF WAR AND DEATH
The Profits of War )
ZANNI, ARLECCHINO, BRIGHELLA, FRANCESCHINA, IL CAPITANO CURD, IL
is counting his money made from arms sales, and delighting in
the profits of war made from the stockpiles of grenades, swords,
Ariecchino is helping by acting out what they do etc. Pantalone
leaves Arlecchino exploding on stage
Capitano Curd whom Arlecchino mistakes for a new customer.
Capitano Curd tells Arlecchino that the town has been taken over
by the Curds and they must all bow down to him . Arlecchino
agrees, and exits bowing.
Capitano Whey , with Zanni , who sees his deadly enemy and tells
him that the Wheys have taken the town and he must flee. Zanni
carries the insults between them and gets beaten by both until
eventually he goes doolally and deserts .The Capitanos have to
go face to face to each other. Pantalone and Arlecchino
eavesdrop from the top of the curtain. As they daren't fight
they both say they'll come back with bigger armies and exit.
says its time to open the shop again, but this time Arlecchino
is terrified and won't come down. Pantalone eventually coaxes
him down with the present of a "pineapple" (grenade).
Zanni immediatly appears at the mention offood. Arlecchiuo and
Zanni squabble over the "pineapple". Zanni ends up
with it hidden about his person. Enter Both Capitanos separately
who announce that they've given orders to their armies to bomb
mime dropping bombs from the sides of the stage as Pantalone,
Zanni and Arlecchino duck and dodge, being bombed from one side
of the stage to the other. Eventually Pantalone says "grab
the supplies and head for the hills, the town's done for"
and exit (Arlecchino, Pantalone and Zanni last). Capitano Whey
sees Zanni and exits in pursuit of the deserter. Capitano Curd
follows his deadly enemy Capitano Whey.
and Franceschina arrive separately ( at the same time ) with
some baggage and recognize each other: certainly not old
friends. They come from different sides of the mountain and had
hoped to keep it that way....however they both have been driven
out of their homes by warring armies (The Curds and the Wheys
)...so they decide to make common cause, setting up shop in a
deserted farmhouse and fleece whoever comes by. Exit
Franceschina to get herself ready for business.
Zanni who has nothing, but Brighella says he can work for him
free and will spare his life. Exit Zanni .
Pantalone and Arlechino carrying the supplies starving. Begs
shelter. Brighella offers them shelter and will look after the
supplies. Pantalone agrees when Brighella explains that refugees
are often found murdered in the the mountains. He and Arlecchiuo
exit into the house.
Capitano Whey looking for a Zanni deserter. Brighella tells him
where he is ( inside the house) in return for money and a
promise to inform on anyone .He also shows the sack of
"supplies" that Pantalone has been carrying...it is in
fact guns that he has been selling to both sides. Capitano Whey
confiscates them. Exit Capitano Whey into the house. Brighella
laughs saying that the guns are worse than useless...there's no
danger in him getting them
Franceschina .She and Brighella rejoice in the profits of war.
Capitano Curd looking for the enemy. Franceschina promises to be
his Mata Hari and lure secrets out of the enemy for a fee, and
she'll give a complete demonstration as to how it's done if
Capitano Curd goes into the house....exit Capitano Curd.
calls on Zanni and tells him on no account must any of the
guests meet. Exit Franceschina (to meet Capitano Whey).
Capitano Whey who shoots Zanni as a deserter. Pantalone stabs
Capitano Whey for ruining his business. Brighella bashes
Pantalone over the head for stabbing other guests. arlecchino
bashes Brighella over the head for killing his master.
Franceschina bashes Arlecchino over the head for killing her
protector. Enter Capitano Curd, very impressed with
Franceschina's attempts to sudbue the enemy.Zanni wakes up,
having been shot by a totally useless Pantalone Inc. bullet,
finds the " pineapple" he's hidden earlier says
"what happens if I pul the pin out ?" Blow up..all