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.