During a brief period in his life, Leonardo da Vinci left the art world to become a military engineer. During that time, he encountered both Niccolo Machiavelli and Duke Cesare Borgia. A new play, Daedalus: A Fantasia of Leonardo da Vinci, concerns these chance meetings.
David Davalos' play will receive its world-premiere production at Philadelphia's Arden Theatre Company. Previews begins Sept. 12 with an official opening scheduled for Sept. 17, and the limited engagement runs through Nov. 3.
In a statement, Arden Resident Director Aaron Posner said, "I love the wonderful contradictions and complexities of this unique new play. The events in Daedalus take place over 500 years ago, yet the themes are totally modern and reflect American life today. From the fascinating conflagration of minds and perspectives, David has woven an amazing tapestry about art, invention, identity, science, love, passion, politics, social responsibility, and it's a comedy!"
The Arden Theatre Co. is located at 40 N. 2nd Street in Philadelphia, PA. Tickets are available by calling the theatre's box office at (215) 922-1122. For more information, go to www.ardentheatre.org.
—By Andrew Gans