FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Pima Community College Theatre Arts presents THE MANDRAKE, a comedy about love and lust
what: PCC theatre arts - THE MANDRAKE
where: PCC Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre, West Campus, 2202 West Anklam Road, Tucson, AZ 85709
when: April 16-26, Thu.-Sat. at 7:30 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m. ASL interpreters 4/23 at 7:30 p.m.
Tucson, Arizona—PCC theatre arts presents Niccolo Machiavelli’s THE MANDRAKE. Directed by Dr. Deborah Davis in the intimate space of the Black Box Theatre, where the actors and audience intermingle in a piazza of 16th century Florence, Italy.
This delightful comedy combines Machiavelli’s philosophy "the ends justify the means" with the exploits of lovers, liars and fools. THE MANDRAKE satirizes the escapades of a young man of the upper class who becomes helplessly infatuated with a beautiful and virtuous woman, who happens to be inconveniently married to an elderly and gullible aristocratic lawyer. With the help of a manipulative servant, a scheming mother, a corrupt priest and a certain aphrodisiacal plant the plan unfolds to seduce the lady for his own. One thing leads to another and everybody gets what he/she wants. The play’s political references are just as relevant today, as in Renaissance Italy.
According to director Davis, “The first and most persistent view of Machiavelli is that of a teacher of evil. After all, many characters and politicians are labeled ‘Machiavellian’ for a reason. But from another point of view, we could observe Machiavelli as a recorder of human nature. He shows us just how multi-faceted we really are and how, when placed in certain situations, we actually behave.”
She added, “The world of The Mandrake encapsulates the energy and synergy of the Italian Renaissance where the audience and actors become part of the Cinquecento. We are all a part of the action. As Machiavelli’s brilliant comedy shows us, art, politics, religion and humanity are inseparable.”
The Pima Community College Center for the Arts is located on West Campus at 2202 West Anklam Road, Tucson (just west of downtown). For ticket information contact the box office at 206-6986 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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