A farcical but still tragic fable of the fall of Imperial Rome in 467 A.D., Gore Vidal’s Romulus seems content do to nothing while Rome comes under siege. Meanwhile, his wife and courtiers scramble and conspire to find a way to save Rome—and their own necks.
A treatise on historical morality, absurd, sad and hysterical by turns, Romulus turns a critical eye on the legitimacy of an empire whose noble roots have been corrupted by endless bloodshed and the abuse of power. Can money save the day? Or will the barbarians at the gates be the saving grace of civilization?
Vidal adapted Romulus from a play by Swiss dramatist Friedrich Durrenmatt. The Memorial Players’ cast features many well-known faces from past dramas and musicals. The play is directed by Rina Steinhauer and produced by Kristine Smets, with set design by John Seeley, costumes by Christine Calderon, and poster by Lynne Mennefee.
As always, Romulus is admission-free, though good-will donations are always welcome. Performances take place at Memorial Church at the corner of Lafayette and Bolton streets.
Romulus will be performed Friday-Sunday the weekends of November 11-13 and November 18-20, with Friday and Saturday evening performances at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees at 3:30 pm.
More information at the Memorial Players website and on the Memorial Players Facebook page.