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"Machiavelli's The Prince"
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5 reviews
8 stars
attended Aug 23 2009

Central Work's adaptation of Machiavelli's The Prince was quite captivating, not to mention up close an personal. It's amazing what they are able to do with just two actors. They made me feel as though I was wrapped up in Machiavelli's world of...continued

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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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1 review
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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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.

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