The Miracle Players

June 16, 2008 / Local Interest
Rome
Of course you’ve seen the Forum, but have you seen the sun set over the ruins while a toga clad troupe of actors brings the history of Rome alive for you? A scene by Seneca you ask, a tragedy by Terenzio or a play by Plautus? No such thing . .

For the past 10 years, the Miracle Players have been making the historical hysterical with in-house-written English theater performances down at the Roman Forum. This year’s offering, “The History of Rome – Part I”, is a 40 minute whirlwind of the more salient moments of Roman History. (Part II, more like its “B” side, is presumably less interesting and will not be performed.)

As usual ancient Roman writers are quoted for historical accuracy, but don’t let that put you off! Think the Monty Python troupe wearing togas quoting Virgil in a Mel Brooks movie.

This exciting new play is performed every Friday at 7:30 pm from June 20 until August 8, 2008 in front of the Mamertine prison at the Roman Forum (you know, just behind the big ugly white building in the center of Rome). Get there early though, the “theater’s” seats (steps to the church of San Luca and Martina, pictured in photo 2) fill up quickly . .

For more information please visit www.miracleplayers.org. “Entrance” to the play is free but generous gratuities are truly appreciated.

Final photo courtesy of Roger and Susan Lindberg

GB

by GB Bernardini

Editor, Italian Notebook

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