Machiavelli's The Mandrake to open Oct. 9

Author: Julie Hail Flory

p. p. The University of Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television and Theatre (FTT) will present Machiavelli’s comedy “The Mandrake” in five performances Wednesday-Saturday (Oct. 9-12) at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday (Oct. 13) at 2:30 p.m. in Washington Hall.
p. Admission is $10 for the general public, $9 for senior citizens and $7 for students. Tickets are available in advance at the LaFortune Student Center or by calling (574) 631-8128.
p. FTT professor Siiri Scott directs an all-student cast in the lively and bawdy comedy, which captures the brilliance and cynicism of early 16th-century Italy. A farce filled with lies, schemes, deception and disguise, “The Mandrake” combines a decidedly Renaissance look with contemporary themes in telling the story of Callimaco, the ardent but unscrupulous admirer of the beautiful Madonna Lucrezia. Overtaken by his desire, Callimaco develops an amusing ruse to win her love, enlisting accomplices in his plot, including Lucrezia’s unintelligent husband, her mother and her priest.
p. Scott likens the play to a Florentine comic strip, employing a visual concept to underscore the outrageous behavior on stage. The costume designer for this presentation is Richard E. Donnelly and the set was originally constructed for Notre Dame’s Summer Shakespeare by Todd Rosenthal.


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