In the Roman Republic, comedy is a serious business. Nobody knows this better than Titus Maccius Plautus, the principal comic playwright of his time. Licking his wounds after a series of artistic flops and financial disasters, Plautus returns from his refuge in the country to Rome, desperate to produce a new play. With limited financial backing provided by tough and striking bar owner Casina, Plautus recruits a company of actors from the amateurs and cast offs he can afford. Led by a disreputable drunk who just happens to have a pedigree with one of the most respected travelling Greek acting guilds, the motley company unites an eccentric cast of characters on and off the stage. From Orestes, Plautus’ dour, thrifty director to the eager but untrained neophyte, Fronto, each has a role to play, and each is not quite what they seem.
Redolent with the sights and scents of the ancient world, this novel is a rowdy, boisterous ride through the realm of theater in its infancy.
Rights Holder: University of Calgary Press
rights available: World
age range: Adult
number of pages: 368
publication date: 02/21/2018
Original language of pub: English
Materials Available: finished book