2009 Season

Machiavelli’s the Prince

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Written by Gary Graves
Directed by Gary Graves
Produced in: 2009

A Central Works Method Play

“Master Machiavelli” faces off against the new Duke of Florence in a clash of faith and reason.  Are human beings essentially good or fundamentally untrustworthy?  Does the end ever justify the means?

“He who considers it necessary to secure himself in his new principality, to win friends, either by force or fraud, to make himself beloved and feared by his people, to be followed and revered by his soldiers, to exterminate those who have the power to hurt him, to change the old order of things for a new one, to be severe and gracious, to destroy a disloyal soldiery and create a new one, to maintain friendships with kings and princes in such a way that they must help him with zeal and offend him with caution, cannot find a finer example than the actions of Duke Cesare Borgia.” —Machiavelli, The Prince, Chapter VII.

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Drama, 2M

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Richard Frederick*
Michael Navarra*

Costume design: Tammy Berlin
Sound design: Gregory Scharpen

* Member Actors’ Equity Association

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“[A]bsolutely captivating…a riveting reflection of political gamesmanship” (Pat Craig, Contra Costa Times & San Jose Mercury News, July 10, 2010)

“…a captivating drama about power and its effect on character.” (Rachel Swan, East Bay Express, August 26, 2009)

“Central Works probably sets the highest artistic standard in the Bay area for consistently intelligent, provocative, and relevant drama.” (George Heymont, My Cultural Landscape, August 24, 2009)

“…fenomenal producción traída por el grupo Central Works para el verdadero deleite mental del público que adora de excelente teatro.” (Mario Echevarria, SF Tribune)

“[A] smart exploration of politics and ethics” (Chris Jenson, SF Weekly)

Read Machiavelli’s original masterpiece: The Prince

Obama You’re No Machiavelli” (Michael Lind, Salon, August 18, 2009)