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The Golden Six - Full Length Play

The Golden Six

Maxwell Anderson

Full Length Play

16m, 9f

ISBN: 9780822204572

As told by Judith Crist in the New York Herald-Tribune; "THE GOLDEN SI…

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Full Length Play

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As told by Judith Crist in the New York Herald-Tribune; "THE GOLDEN SIX is a colorful and cynical account of the four Caesars who ruled from 27 B.C. to 54 A.D., stopping short of Nero…The 'golden six' are the grandsons and step-grandsons of Augustus Caesar, who hopes to choose one as his heir. All but the limping and stuttering Claudius are handsome and heroic, and all six are staunch outspoken republicans opposed to their grandfather's consolidation of power and emergence as Emperor. Augustus' wife, Livia, plays the doting grandmother and the loyal spouse…By the end of Act I we know Livia for what she is. Two of the grandsons have been murdered and a third banished on perjured testimony." Livia poisons Augustus, having first forced him to name her son as his successor. Then she insists that Tiberius name Caligua, rather than his own son, as his successor. The Empire goes from bad to worse and Caligua comes to an untidy end, his power-mad tactics eventually bringing his own destruction. At the end of the play Claudius, who has wanted to restore the republic, finds himself Emperor and can do nothing but accept that unwanted role.
The last play by one of America's foremost playwrights. "A stately, searing drama…burns and blasts." —NY World-Telegram & Sun. "It is a complex tale Anderson has to tell, but he does it adroitly and with a good sense of theatre." —NY News.
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Maxwell Anderson

Maxwell Anderson was born in Atlantic, Pennsylvania, on December 15, 1888. His father worked as a traveling minister, and thus his schooling was split between several different states. He graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1911 and completed his master's degree at Stanford three years later. He taught there briefly, then worked as a journalist and editorial writer for several ... view full profile

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