For Love, for Fear and for the Money…

An empty house. No more food. A rich Harpagon wears the mask of poverty. He is preparing a scandalous wedding and gives the impossible task of preparing the feast to his servants.

Harpagon’s whole family becomes the boiling point of unexpected madness. A wild love triangle, lies and manipulations are all being revealed as Harpagon’s house goes completely out of wack. His servants search desperately for crumbs as they fantasize of a proper meal. They have been pushed to the edge of survival living within the extreme stinginess of their master. The play explores the hilarious and tragic impact of greed on a family fighting over love and money. As the rich get more and the poor stay poor, as the inequality gap rises, L’Avare speaks stronger than ever to a world run by money mongers.

Hippana Theater tells a frantic and twisted version of Molière’s The Miser. Inspired from Commedia Dell’Arte, this adaptation explodes with improvisation and acrobatics. A tragicomic alteration of the immortal figure of greed in it’s rawest form. This version of The Miser offers a unique performance every night due to the bold delivery of the actors and their unpredictable interaction with the audience.



Why Molière? How does one study and adapt a text in 4 languages?

The text is the literary base for the ensemble. In the creation it is worked dramaturgically by the actors, it is stretched, torn apart, rewritten and worked to serve the necessity of a multilingual adaptation. The Miser / L’Avare/ L’Avaro / Der Geizige/ Saituri has become an image of a society, in which the fear of material loss has become a dominant factor in how politics and public opinion are shaped.

Harpagon’s household is a microcosm and a mirror of a social reality. His regime is one of fear: a very clever tool, cold-blooded and calculated. Costs-in-Use are being weighed up and whoever needs too much is sorted out. Harpagon’s servants work for him out of poverty, they come from everywhere. They have fled, they are lost and do not even understand themselves. The patron feeds them what is leftover from the meals and makes it clear he could destroy all hopes for a better existence by snapping his fingers. In this ambiance, hungriness and emotion grow rapidly until they explode in a storm of despair and love. What remains?



Tiia-Mari Mäkinen

Creation and on stage

Antonio D'Angelo
Olivier Leclair
Jonas Schiffauer
Claudia Russo
Tiia-Mari Mäkinen

In Collaboration with

Comune di Prizzi
BAMP - Brussels Arts Melting Pot

Written by hippana