Robert Cuccioli as Alexander de Medici, the Duke of Florence, and Jeffrey Carlson as Lorenzo de Medici

in The Shakespeare Theatre's production of Alfred de Musset's Lorenzaccio,

 translated and adapted by John Strand and directed by Michael Kahn.  Photo by Richard Termine


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by Alfred de Musset
Directed by Michael Kahn
Translated and adapted
by John Strand
January 18 - March 6, 2005

With the bold and broad Lorenzaccio, Alfred de Musset created a gripping tale of political intrigue, moral dilemmas and individual heroism. De Musset centers the play on the complex character of Lorenzo de Medici, friend and cousin to the notorious Alexander de Medici, Duke of Florence. At the price of his moral and physical integrity, Lorenzo allies himself to the duke in order to kill him, hoping to liberate Florence from the duke’s tyrannical rule.

The Theatre presents the first professional production of the play in Washington with a world premiere translation by Washington playwright John Strand. Jeffrey Carlson (Broadway’s Tartuffe and The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?) makes his Shakespeare Theatre debut in the title role opposite Robert Cuccioli (Broadway’s Jekyll and Hyde) in his Shakespeare Theatre debut as the Duke. Artistic Director Michael Kahn directs this classic French play, considered one of the greatest works of Romantic theatre. The Washington Post writes, “Kahn calls up the combination of stylization and raw force that has brought his productions of the classics to towering life.”                                              

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