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Berkeley City Club
Between Ellsworth and Dana 2315 Durant Ave. Berkeley, CA 94704
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131 events
89 reviews
17 stars
attended Aug 29 2009

Had to be comfortable with the concept but well acted although doing the 1500s in business suits a bit off, but overall quite good.

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3 stars
attended Aug 22 2009

Well written. Superbly acted. Julia Morgan's building revisits the architecture of the era, so was the ideal venue. I went to learn about Machiavelli, since I hadn't read The Prince. I agree with the commentator who said more background on...continued

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16 reviews
1 stars
attended Jul 17 2010

Surprisingly good. A real treat. Unusual.

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Website

http://www.centralworks.org/season0910/prince.php

Quotes & Highlights

Read The Prince, Niccolo Machiavelli’s masterwork of political philosophy and the basis for the play.

Description

Machiavelli’s The Prince

written and directed by Gary Graves

A Central Works Method Play

developed in collaboration with Richard Frederick, Michael Navarra & Jan Zvaifler

Featuring Mark Farrell* and Cole Alexander Smith (*member AEA), with costumes byTammy Berlin, sound by Gregory Scharpen and stage management by Louel Señores.

This engrossing drama puts Niccolo Machiavelli’s precepts to the test, pitting him against the new Duke of Florence in a clash of faith and reason. Are human beings essentially good or fundamentally untrustworthy? Does the end always justify the means?  What practical alternative is there to the ruthless efficiency of tyranny?

 “He who considers it necessary to secure himself in his new principality, to win friends, either by force or fraud, to make himself beloved and feared by his people, to be followed and revered by his soldiers, to exterminate those who have the power to hurt him, to change the old order of things for a new one, to be severe and gracious, to destroy a disloyal soldiery and create a new one, to maintain friendships with kings and princes in such a way that they must help him with zeal and offend him with caution, cannot find a finer example than the actions of Duke Cesare Borgia.” —Machiavelli, _The Prince, _Chapter VII.

About the Ticket Supplier: Central Works

Central Works Theater Ensemble is committed to the collaborative development of original works for the theater. We write, develop, and produce plays. Our focal point is originality: original ideas, original conceptions, original plays. We bring theater artists together as partners in the creation and development of intellectually and emotionally demanding works, while offering the local community daring, intimate productions at affordable prices.