by Peter Shaffer
Sep. 24 - Oct. 10, 1987
Directed by Richard Lemin
In old age, Salieri recalls
his successful career as Court Composer, his hatred of Mozart, and how he
conceived the brilliant young composer's demise. With an obnoxious personality
totally incongruous with his musical genious, Mozart died neglected and
impoverished while the mediocre Salieri lived in a blaze of fame and praise.
Salieri's ironic fate was to be the only man at court to realize that
"...from the ordinary he created legends - and I from legends created only
the ordinary". Now approaching his own death, Salieri has nothing but the
awareness of his hollow achievements. The play is set in Vienna in November 1823
and, in recall, the decade 1781-91.