Date(s) - 04/19/2020
2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Rome Community Theater
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ENVY… EGO…. GOD… MURDER… POLITICAL INTRIGUE… ROYALTY…. POVERTY… WEALTH… GENIUS… DEATH
It’s 1823 in Vienna, where rumors are flying that old man Salieri (once the famed director of the Italian opera and a favorite of The Royal Court) has confessed to murdering Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Salieri appears in his room and tells us, the audience, that he indeed poisoned Mozart, vowing to tell us the whole story. With that, we race backward in time to 1781, right before Mozart and Salieri meet. Mozart’s genius pierces through to the very soul of Salieri, who can’t understand how this petulant young man received the musical gift that he has been working towards his whole life. Right then and there, Salieri swears off God and religion and decides to dedicate himself, instead, to ruining Mozart’s career. Along the way, he not only ruins Mozart’s career, but also his life, all while hiding behind a mask of friendliness and concern for the young artist. We watch Salieri poison Mozart’s reputation which eventually leads to his destruction and death. A highly fictionalized account of the relationship between these two real life composers, Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus takes us on a wild ride through the trials and tribulations of genius, jealousy and revenge. (StageAgent)
ADVISORY: Adult Themes and Language
Presented by Special Arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.