OCTAVIA

OCTAVIA

   By Curiatius Maternau

      Translated by Mark-Brian Sonna

 

Mark-Brian Sonna Productions

 

John Strange

 

    “The play takes place in front of the Imperial Palace of Rome, overlooking the city.  June 62 AD.  All the events described in this play are true.”  Thus the program sets up the play for us.  From discussions following the play with the director, Mark-Brian Sonna’s translation of the play marks it’s first run since it was written centuries ago.

     This play is sad and it’s dark, depicting the rise to power and descent into madness of the Roman Emperor Nero and based on his sister/wife Octavia.  Mr. Sonna’s choreography and set design are minimalist utilizing costumes and a very few props.

     That said, the play is well done.  The speeches of the characters are presented with emotion which, especially in the case of “Nero” (Blake Owen), really sells the story.  Mr. Owen’s “mad” glower is truly frightening as his character begins that descent into madness, ordering the burning of Rome to distract rioters.

     Octavia is worth the price of the $22.00 ticket.  The location at Stone Cottage Theater is cozy and the smaller audience adds to the viewing pleasure.  This play is one of a series of “World Premiers” which the troupe is proud to present. 

     They reserve the right to perform encore performances of plays which receive the right amount of acclaim.  One such event is their performance of The Beulaville Baptist Book Club Presents: A Bur-less-Q Nutcracker! (November 25 – December 27).  I am looking forward to see and reviewing this presentation!

   

 

Directed and Choreographed by: Mark-Brian Sonna

 

Starring: Michelle Mays, Anne Taylor, Megan Duelm, Katherine Reynolds, Sherri Small, Michael Rathbun, Blake Owen, Rey Torres

 

Show Dates and Times:

    October 13th – November 5th

        Thurs-Sat: 8pm

        Matinees:

            Sat-Sun: 2pm (October 29 – 30th)

          Special Show: Monday, October 31st

              Every audience member receives a trick or treat bag with special yummies and gifts.

 

Run Time: 1 hours 45 minutes, 1 Intermission

 

Appropriateness Rating: "PG-13. Some language and subject matter”

 

Website: http://www.mbsproductions.net/

 

 

 

 

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