Shakespeare Theatre Company TEST | Mandragola 86-87 - Shakespeare Theatre Company TEST Mandragola 86-87 - Shakespeare Theatre Company TEST
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The plot and importance of the play is mentioned in the 16th Letter of Amabed in Voltaire's Les Lettres d'Amabed (1769) stating that "the piece mocks the religion which Europe preaches, of which Rome is the centre, and the throne of which is the Papal See".[2]
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Rediscover a classic and encounter one of the wittiest and most subversive minds of the Renaissance in this rowdy, knockabout farce, never before seen on the Folger stage. The legendary sexual and rejuvenating powers of the mandrake root are they key to a cunning plot of cuckoldry and corruption.

 



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Mandragola

Jan 01 - Feb 05

Folger Shakespeare Libraryby Niccolo Machiavelli
adapted and directed by Peter Maloney
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