MBS Productions Presents OCTAVIA, 10/13-11/5

MBS Productions presents a World Premiere of the Roman tragedy from circa 90 AD. It is the true story of Octavia and Nero and their doomed relationship. Octavia was Nero's first wife. Though she is in love with the very young Nero, she discovers that her spouse was complicit in the death of her brother Brittanicus who should have inherited the throne. To complicate matters further Nero has fallen out of love with her and wishes to pursue a different relationship. If she agrees to divorce him she will lose all her power over Rome.

If she stays with him she is afraid that he might possibly arrange her death. Nero, on the other hand, knows he is unpopular since he married into the royal family and was assigned as emperor. He is afraid because the public favors Octavia; if he were to divorce her, or should anything happen to her, he will be overthrown or murdered. This play was never performed because Maternus angered the Roman Emperor Domitian for his political writings attacking the ruling class' tyranny and was executed because of it. There is no historical or archeological record of this play ever being performed and it gives us much pleasure to present this play's first stage production.

Tickets range from $18 to $24. On Monday, October 31, Halloween Night, there will be the annual "Trick or Treat" performance in which every audience member receives a bag of "trick and treats" as well as prizes and theatre tickets to other events and performances. Patrons are encouraged to come in costume and prizes will be given out at the end of the performance.

Tickets and info:  www.mbsproductions.net or 214-477-4942

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