- Nominated Best Play, Best Production, including a LA Drama Critics Circle.
Everybody knows Aesop's Fables. But who knows anything about the man who created them, Aesop himself? This play for family audiences tells that story.
Aesop was an African slave, born more than two thousand years ago, who became a servant in the family of a philosopher on the Greek island of Samos. There he quickly established himself as a clever and useful servant, saving his master from the disgrace of being defeated in a contest of wits by his main rival, another philosopher. But when the island was threatened by a bloodthirsty tyrant, Croesus, the jealous rival saw his chance for revenge. By now Aesop had proved himself the equal - if not the superior - of everyone in braininess and his master persuaded the citizens of Samos to authorize Aesop to bargain for their safety. Aesop foiled the attempts of the rival philosopher to betray his countrymen and succeeded in winning over the tyrant - and in the process won his own freedom as well.
Scenes weave together in a filmic way and are punctuated with some of Aesop's most enduring fables - The Fox and the Crow, The Lion and the Mouse, The Log King, The House Dog and the Wolf, Belling the Cat, to name a few - bringing extra color to crucial turning points in the story. These moments are blended into the dramatic action and enacted by the same actors who play the principal roles, wearing masks.
Besides serving as a light-hearted introduction to the actual fables themselves, the story has a more universal message - that man's urge for freedom is indestructible, and will emerge triumphant no matter how cruel and unfavorable the circumstances are.
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