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Berkeley City Club
Between Ellsworth and Dana 2315 Durant Ave. Berkeley, CA 94704
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226 events
215 reviews
15 stars
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"The Lion and the Fox"
9 ratings
4.7 average rating
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120 events
66 reviews
3 stars
attended Mar 28 2014

Very well done two man production. Well written play.
Got what I expected.

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74 events
25 reviews
10 stars
attended Feb 22 2014

Just felt like a privileged fly on the wall. This play puts a movie to shame in contrast, even if done with the same actors. The venue is superb and the costumes lend to the absorption of the audience without distraction. The sound effects of a...continued

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3 events
3 reviews
1 stars
attended Mar 07 2014

Surprise and delight. The actors were excellent, the thoughts behind the play were well chosen and the dialogues were very well adapted to the history. The minimal scenery and costumes were very appropriate and all that was needed for this...continued

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The year is 1503. Cesare Borgia is at the gates of Florence. Only the humble diplomat, Niccolo Machiavelli, stands between the onslaught of the “Borgia Bull” and the jewel of Tuscany. But the more Machiavelli learns about the tyrant, Cesare, the more he is impressed. He seems gifted beyond all others; he has limitless wealth; he’s a brilliant military tactician, a magnificent warrior; he’s irresistibly handsome, utterly ruthless—and incredibly lucky. He even has the great Leonardo da Vinci in his service, as the “architect-engineer” of his magnificent war machine, which seems increasingly unstoppable. 

But when Machiavelli learns of a plot against the life of Cesare, he must choose: will he be loyal to the sacred homeland of his birth, the Republic of Florence? Or will he give in to his growing conviction that Cesare Borgia may indeed be “the Son of Fortune,” the one ordained by God Himself to be the “Savior of all Italy”— the ideal Prince? 

Written by company co-director, Gary Graves, and directed by company co-director, Jan Zvaifler.  Featuring Benjamin Stowe as “Machiavelli,” and Lucas Hatton as “Cesare Borgia.”  

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.