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Royal Hunt of the Sun, The - Full Length Play

Royal Hunt of the Sun, The

Peter Shaffer

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Full Length Play

22m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573614965

"High intelligence and bold, imaginative reach ... soaring passages that recall the stage to its lofty enterprise, and a theme of enduring significance." - New York Times

"Greatest play of our generation." - Daily Mail

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Full Length Play

Docudrama/Historic

The Spanish expedition under Pizzaro to the land of the Incas told in dazzling spectacle and moral chiaroscuro. After general absolution for any crimes they may commit against the pagan Incas, the conquerors set forth upon the sea. The Inca god is a sun god, ruler of the riches and people of Peru and thought to be immortal. But the Spaniards have come in conquest rather than in reverence. There is misunderstanding, confusion, and slaughter: the Spaniards kill 3000 unarmed Incas and take the sun god captive. The ransom is 9000 pounds of gold. The avaricious Spaniards mutiny, try the sun god in kangaroo court and garrote him. He does not revive the Incas behold their dead god.
"High intelligence and bold, imaginative reach ... soaring passages that recall the stage to its lofty enterprise, and a theme of enduring significance." - New York Times

"Greatest play of our generation." - Daily Mail

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22m, 2f

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Peter Shaffer

Peter Shaffer

Sir Peter Shaffer, in full Sir Peter Levin Shaffer (born May 15, 1926, London, Eng.), British playwright of considerable range who moved easily from farce to the portrayal of human anguish.Educated at St. Paul’s and Trinity College, Cambridge, Shaffer first worked for a music publisher and then as a book reviewer. His first play, Five-Finger Exercise (1960), is a tautly constructed domestic drama ... view full profile

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David Malinsky 8/2/2013 10:25 AM
With so many new plays focusing on minimalism and ease of performance as much as possible, it is a genuine pleasure to see a work that is pure in scope and ambition.  Peter Shaffer's epic about Conquistador Pizarro's defeat of Atahualpa's Inca empire is just that: epic in every sense of the word.  It is no surprise that this play was turned into a film and then an opera--a medium it truly belonged in.  As Pizarro gathers an army to explore and conquer the New World, he encounters Atahulpa's empire and, surprisingly, the Catholic Conquistador and the Incan God-King strike up a friendship of sorts.  The play deals with themes of greed, ambition, destruction, death and loss of faith.  While Sun certainly is a product of its time, its themes are universal and its subject matter unique.  Of course, because of its titanic requirements, a cast of twenty-four, mostly male, a sun central to the story, crossing the Andes, a room filling with gold, it is best only attempted by a large, design-heavy company.  A perfect college show, or a great challenge for a large,  multi-talented community theatre!  If you believe you can bring this play to life, go for it.  

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