The Actor in Search of His Mask
Paolucci, Anne (American playwright, short story writer, theatre scholar, 19__-____), “The Actor in Search of His Mask,”
a __-minute drama in English, set in _____, ____,
© 1987 by Anne Paolucci;
• in Anne Paolucci’s The Actor in Search of His Mask (Whitestone, New York, U.S.A.: Griffon House Publications, 1987), 37 pp., ISBN 0918680263, LCCN 88158350;
• script/rights available from Griffon House Publications, P. O. Box 81, Whitestone, New York 113357, U.S.A.
• Anne Paolucci’s e-mail address is email@example.com (June 27, 2002).
• Cited in Play Index, 1983-1987: An Index to 3,964 Plays, edited by Juliette Yaakov (____-____) and John Greenfieldt (New York: The H. W. Wilson Company, 1988), 522 pp., ISSN 0554-3037, LCCN 64-1054.
Nicias (m), a wealthy merchant; Callimaco (m), a trickster; Lucretia (f), Nicias’ beautiful wife.
Machiavelli creates his masterpiece, Mandragola.—Yaakov and Greenfieldt, p. 281.
• “Pirandellian vehicle about acting, inspiration and the stage . . . .”—Yaakov and Greenfieldt, p. 281.
• “Machiavelli, well known political philosopher, and author of The Prince, was actually more well known in his days for his plays. Written in 1518, Mandragola is the quintessential classical comedy. The plot centers around a wealthy merchant Nicias and his beautiful wife Lucretia. Callimaco, a young man hears of the beautiful wife and wishes to become her lover. He learns of the couples unfruitful attempts to produce a child and disguises himself as a doctor. He informs Nicias that he can produce a potion from the mandrake plant that if taken by Lucretia will enable her to conceive. However, the first man to have sexual intercourse will die from the effects of the potion so Nicias must not do this lest he die. Callimaco informs Nicias that he knows of a young man who will consent to have sex with her, and bear the pain of death. Nicias consents and persuades Lucretia. Thus Callimaco disguises himself, yet again, and is able to have his way with Lucretia. Machiavelli was able to produce a marvelous, witty play that conformed to appropriate subject matter that occurred in plays of the ancient Greeks. This is a masterful comic, but also political work that shows the literary genius of Machiavelli.”—Mandragola, http://es.rice.edu/ES/humsoc/Galileo/Student_Work/Florence96/catcher/mandragola.html, accessed June 28, 2002.
• Research could include In Machiavelli: The Chief Works and Others, edited by Allan Gilbert (Durham, North Carolina, U.S.A.: Duke University Press, 1965).
acting, inspiration, Machiavelli (Niccolò Machiavelli, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niccolo_Machiavelli, Italian historian, statesman, philosopher, 1469-1527), Mandragola (Machiavelli’s quintessential classical comedy), mask, masterpiece, Pirandello (Luigi Pirandello, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luigi_Pirandello, Italian playwright, winner of the 1934 Nobel Prize in Literature for his bold and ingenious revival of dramatic and scenic art, 1867-1936, stage.