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“Duo Gladiatores”

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Morris, Paul N. (aka Paul Nicholas Morris, American playwright, writer, novelist, June 19, 1979-____), “Duo Gladiatores,” a 6-minute historical drama in Latin, set in the Colisei Romae (The Coliseum of Rome), 59 A.D., 3m (+2m or 2f extras); © 2004 by Paul Nicholas Morris; • in Paul Nicholas Morris’ Duo Gladiatores (Culver City, California, U.S.A.: The Author, 2004); • script/rights available from Paul Nicholas Morris, 5215 Sepulveda Boulevard. #8F, Culver City, California 90230, U.S.A., telephone (home) 310-397-2834, e-mail polylerus@netscape.net. • Cited by Paul Nicholas Morris via ftp, November 16, 2004; Morris says, § Dramatis Personae Kleisthenes (m), 25, a Greek gladiator; Tibulatus (m), 25, a Numidian gladiator; Nero (m), 28, Emperor of Rome; Ursus (m or f), any age, a bear; Leo (m or f), any age, a lion. § Synopsis “Two gladiators believe they are to combat one another in the Coliseum of Rome. However, the Emperor Nero, who is attending -and presiding over- the games, has other plans. The emperor introduces two beasts into the arena, Ursus, a bear, and Leo, a lion. The beasts, too, believe they were to fight one another; they are confused by the presence of the men. Confusion breeds cooperation; the men find themselves helping one another against the beasts, and vice versa. Meanwhile, Nero is enjoying the confusion so much that, pleased and happy, he puts an end to the entertainment and sets the men—and the beasts—free. § Comment “This play in Latin has footnotes containing a rich and extensive vocabulary list, as well as relevant historical information. This is included in order to serve first- and second-year Latin students, but also to stimulate interest in the Latin language, and language in general. • Paul Morris was born in Beverley, England, in 1979, but he grew up in Culver City, California, U.S.A. He attended University of California/Los Angeles, U.S.A. (History, B.A.) and Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.A. (History, M.A.). He is also the author of the novelette The Unpublished Works of Atzur Capsadecapells." § Themes gladiator, history, Latin, Rome.

See also Paul N. Morris'

  • "Death of a Raisin," a 14-minute comedy in English, set in the former boardroom of California Seropian Grapes, U.S.A., Saturday morning, around 11:00 a.m., October 16, 2004, 3m1f
  • "Loose Gravel," a 30-minute futuristic political drama in English, set in the future combined United States and Canada; Teddy's car, which travels from California Station to the State of Canada, the long afternoon of Thursday, October 20, 2050, 2m2f

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