Nero, The Man – a Play about Ancient Rome

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The order of the republic is at stake in this play about Ancient Rome.

Dissatisfaction and dissent are rife among those who rule. In this stage play it’s 64 AD and it is the last four years of Nero’s reign. He would be the last emperor of Rome. Nero was once a promising Emperor, but towards the end of his reign he had lost the faith of the Senate. Rumours swirled around him: “Nero was mad,” “Nero just wanted to be an artist,” “Nero had his mother killed!” Did Nero really fiddle while Rome burned, or was he an unwilling pawn in this Nation’s demise?

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NERO, THE MAN – A PLAY ABOUT ANCIENT ROME (Digital Script)

The order of the republic is at stake in this play about Ancient Rome.

Dissatisfaction and dissent are rife among those who rule. In this stage play it’s 64 AD and it is the last four years of Nero’s reign. He would be the last emperor of Rome. Nero was once a promising Emperor, but towards the end of his reign he had lost the faith of the Senate. Rumours swirled around him: “Nero was mad,” “Nero just wanted to be an artist,” “Nero had his mother killed!” Did Nero really fiddle while Rome burned, or was he an unwilling pawn in this Nation’s demise?

In this stage play we are exposed to the thoughts and motivations of various senate members including Severus who wishes Nero to relinquish his power back to the senate. Nero’s friend Augustus who is working with Severus tries to convince Nero to do the “right” thing. The fires of Rome are started – the rumours swirl again. But is Nero truly the evil ruler? Does the Senate really represent the best hopes for its citizens? Most importantly what is it that made Nero commit suicide? Or did he?

These questions are raised in Acuff’s stage play about Nero and the kind of man he was, or the man we are led to believe he was. It asks of us to make our own judgements on those who have led us, and why. The status quo serves those in power and the privileged. What happens to people who disrupt that? Do they become Gods or are they simply men?

Other dramas by Alex – Flat – a drama about conspiracy theories and the downward spiral into madness.

Author: Alex Acuff

Type: Two-act play

Genre: Drama, historical, political

Cast: 5M, 1F and ensemble cast as the senate

Suitable for: Adults to perform

Length:  Ninety Minutes

Set: The Senate (A room with columns), A villa, a Private Room, An Insula.

Level of difficulty:  8/10 – getting the historical setting correct as well as the rising political tension

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Copyright © June 2020 Alex Acuff and Off The Wall Play Publishers

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