SénecaTeatro Valle Inclán, Teatro Valleinclan, Spain
DIRECTOR Emilio Hernández
Costume Design Felype de Lima
"Alas, opulent and depraved society that is kept alive by hypocrisy! At school, they educate young people in a hollow rhetoric; nothing that they hear or see gives them a real picture of life. Nothing about the contrast between the misery of the common people and the self-indulgence of the rich! Nothing about why we provide for councillors who give priority to earning money over caring for our lives!"
From a very young age, I cherished the idea of writing about Seneca. He is well known – not overly, maybe just supposedly – as a moralist, as a philosopher and as a playwright. But his political activity, more than just being Nero’s instructor, tends to remain in the dark… perhaps intentionally. The contradictions between Seneca’s works and his attitude are so far-reaching that no keen playwright could ignore them. Because he is – in parallel – the protagonist and the antagonist of his life.
In an age where decadence, widespread corruption and a sense of sluggishness make it bear resemblance to ours, there is a man from Cordoba – the most Roman of all the Stoics and the most Stoic of all the Romans – who personifies the temptations which power poses to ethics, and the contagion with which amorality assaults virtue.
Almost all the themes that political theory and practice arouse, and have aroused throughout history, unfold in Seneca: from the manipulation of the governor to the tacit consent to injustice; from resignation to ambition; from the exercise of liberty to the support of tyranny; from submission to rebellious challenge; from capital punishment to the oppression of reason.
His enormous riches and his omnipotent power oppose his contemptuous and benevolent reflection. His extraordinary passion for command, to his silent suicide. In this story, reality is elusive and usually richer than imagination. Because neither is it coherent nor does it have – or want to have – perspectives.
- Author Antonio Gala
- Direction Emilio Hernández
- Set Design Emilio Hernández
- Lighting Design Jose Manuel Guerra
- Costume Design Felype de Lima
- Music Marco Rasa
- Choreography Amaya Galeote
- Direction Assistant Juanma Romero
- Costume Design Assistant Cristina Martinez y Diana Marcela Echandía
- Cast Diego Garrido, Carmen Linares, Esther Ortega, Eva Rufo, José Luis Sendarrubias, Aka Thiemele, Antonio Valero, Ignasi Vidal y Carolina Yuste