Luca Spadaro is now on his third play by Harold Pinter after directing The Caretaker and The Dumb Waiter. Ashes to Ashes (Ceneri alle ceneri) is one of the last plays by Pinter who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2005.
Compared to Pinter’s earlier texts Ashes to Ashes is characterized by intense immobility: two characters, a husband and a wife, a summer evening. A home in the country with the window overlooking the garden. The setting sun. Drinks in hand, a comfortable armchair.
It would seem that in the universe of this play contradictory memories can coexist within one person and still be true. We are ourselves with our hobbies and our friends and we are also what happened to human beings before us, what allows us to be here today, sitting in an armchair, holding a drink, looking out the window into the garden. And on a summer’s evening, it can happen that our deepest memories emerge again with the concreteness of real things, of events that really happened and that make the solid walls of our beautiful home seem incredible.
Spadaro writes: “I have always been fascinated by the great care Pinter took in choosing the titles of his plays. Ashes to Ashes is a quote from the book of Genesis which later became the celebrated “memento” of Christianity. In the book where everything begins, God reminds us, exhorts us to remember our end”.