The Golden Six

The Golden Six $13

Maxwell Anderson

Published by Dramatists Play Service

Large Mixed Cast
"The Golden Six is a colorful and cynical account of the four Caesars who ruled from 27 B.C. to 54 A.D., stopping short of Nero

The 'golden six' are the grandsons and step-grandsons of Augustus Caesar, who hopes to choose one as his heir. All but the limping and stuttering Claudius are handsome and heroic, and all six are staunch outspoken republicans

They are opposed to their grandfather's consolidation of power and emergence as Emperor. Augustus' wife, Livia, plays the doting grandmother and the loyal spouse By the end of Act I we know Livia for what she is

Two of the grandsons have been murdered and a third banished on perjured testimony." ~ New York Herald-Tribune

Livia poisons Augustus, having first forced him to name her son as his successor. Then she insists that Tiberius name Caligua, rather than his own son, as his successor. The Empire goes from bad to worse and Caligua comes to an untidy end, his power-mad tactics eventually bringing his own destruction

At the end of the play Claudius, who has wanted to restore the republic, finds himself Emperor and can do nothing but accept that unwanted role

The last play by one of America's foremost playwrights

"A stately, searing dramaburns and blasts" ~ NY World-Telegram & Sun

"It is a complex tale Anderson has to tell, but he does it adroitly and with a good sense of theatre" ~ NY News

Cast of 16 men and 9 women is required

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