The Lion and the Fox: Machiavelli vs. Borgia in Political Drama
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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.”