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written by Gary Graves
Oct 19–Nov 17

World Premiere #75: an Exquisite Rivalry

Michelangelo vs. Leonardo da Vinci

Florence in 1504, the height of the Italian Renaissance, the two greatest artists of the era:  Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti–one the recognized master of science and painting, the other a young wizard with stone, having just completed the statue of David to wild acclaim.  Each assigned to paint a magnificent battle scene on one of two opposing walls in the Great Hall of the Republic.  And the people of Florence will decide which is the best:  the aging master or the arrogant upstart?  The winner set to be known as the greatest artist of the day.  But has Michelangelo ever even painted anything before?  And who would arrange such a devious competition?  Niccolo Machiavelli, of course.  What was he thinking?

 

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Performance calendar

(note 7pm showtime on Saturdays!)

Thu Fri Sat Sun
Oct 17
8pm
Preview
18
8pm
Preview
19
7pm
Opening
20
5pm
24
8pm
25
8pm
26
7pm
27
5pm
31
8pm
Nov 1
8pm
2
7pm
3
5pm
7
8pm
8
8pm
9
7pm
10
5pm
14
8pm
15
8pm
16
7pm
17
5pm

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