Axiom Repertory Theatre is presenting Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus from January 19 to February 5, 2017 at Old City Hall, 1313 Market Street, Redding CA. Shows are at 7:30 p.m., except for Sunday 2 p.m. performances.
From Axiom’s website: “Amadeus explores the rivalry between Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri, the court composer for the Emperor of Austria in the late eighteenth century. Jealous of Mozart’s genius and resentful of his own mediocrity, Salieri secretly rejects God and vows to destroy Mozart’s career.”
“Generally regarded as one of the greatest works of 20th Century dramatic literature, playwright Peter Shaffer became interested in the relationship between the two composers after learning about Mozart’s mysterious death. Although failing to find evidence that Salieri murdered Mozart, Shaffer admits, in an interview with Roland Gelatt, that “by then the cold eyes of Salieri were staring at me…. The conflict between virtuous mediocrity and feckless genius took hold of my imagination, and it would not leave me alone.”
Critics have praised the play’s craftsmanship and its penetrating psychological study of the effects of success and failure and the search for spirituality.
Tickets may be purchased online or (as available) prior to performance at the venue box office. The Box Office at Old City Hall opens 1 hour prior to performances.