You read that correctly. Half a millenium after philosopher and dramatist Niccolò Machiavelli wrote his first play, its first-ever translation for the English stage will debut at Yale University. This hilarious comedy is directed by Sam Lasman, managed by Kate Carter, and produced by Allison Hadley with the generous support of the Shakespeare at Yale Festival and the Department of Italian Language and Literature.
From the Shakespeare at Yale events booklet:
“You are witnessing a historic moment — the first English translation and performance of Machiavelli’s Andria. One of the first comedies represented in the early modern world, Terence’s Andria was considered a play par excellence. Machiavelli wrote two adaptations of Andria in the Tuscan vernacular between 1504–5 and 1514. We use the term “adaptation” because Machiavelli’s Andria does not revolve around the question of merely translating terms and concepts. By deciding when to intervene and change the text and when not to, Machiavelli reflected on history and its ability to be translated through time and language. Notably, the play depicts the struggle between an ancient and a new world order through the conflict between an older father and his son. The witty and cunning servant, David (representing Machiavelli), plays a major role. David manages to foil the older man’s plans and ensure victory for his son.”