Niccolo Machiavelli's

The Mandrake

Oct 14 - Nov 8, 2015

A young student falls madly in love with his city’s most beautiful woman who is married to an old miserly lawyer. Can our young hero fulfill his desire without destroying his soul or reputation? After an infamous career in politics, Machiavelli turned playwright, bringing his cunning to the comedic stage. In a celebrated translation by American actor and playwright Wallace Shawn, this early Italian sex comedy is replete with amoral intrigues, titillating disguises, and scintillating rendezvous; lampooning lawyers, doctors and the clergy. But don’t worry about being too offended. With the help of the mystical mandrake root the play brings all to a hysterical and happy ending.

Performed in rotating repertory with Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.


  • Directed by Alexander Burns

  • Light Design by David Sexton

  • Costume Design by Jane Casanave

  • Original Music Composed by David Cope

  • Choreography by Janet Pilla Marini