The Squalid Family is a story written in the snow. One endless night, tragedy strikes: the daughters, Luba and Lisa, go out hunting, but instead of hares they catch a little orphan. The orphan, slightly stupid and savage, shatters this miniature kingdom.
In the play’s prologue is a hypothesis: “history is always about families”. In any tragedy, the family functions as the metonymy of the kingdom. The themes repeat themselves: the outcast’s revenge, the duel between siblings, the rape of the virgin. The Squalid Family uses the same structure: the orphan who returns to take his place; the sisters at loggerheads; the rape of the innocent Lisa. But in this case, Reo’s arrival destroys the previous logic and founds a new order: The Kingdom of Idiots.