AMES, Iowa ISU Theatre's story of musical genius, Amadeus, opens in Fisher Theater beginning Friday, February 28, with the final performance taking place on Sunday, March 9.
Amadeus (loved by God) is the middle name of one of the greatest musical geniuses of Western Civilization, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Such genius was bound to create jealousy. Upon his death when he was only 35, a composer said to a colleague, "Of course it's too bad about such a great genius, but it's good for us that he's dead. Because if he'd lived longer, really the world would not have given a single piece of bread for our composition."
This play by Peter Shaffer is about the envy of one rival, Antonio Salieri, who may have been a third rate composer, but deeply loved first rate music and was able to tell the difference between his own work and that of Mozart's. This recognition did not lead to hero worship, but to a plan for Mozart's destruction.
James Cody Ward plays a citizen of Vienna.
Amadeus is, as Shaffer himself wrote, "a fantasia based on fact." It is also a script that has drawn some of the greatest actors in the world, awards on two continents, and finally the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Iowa State University Theatre's production of this exploration of creation and destruction opens on Friday, February 28 at 7:30 in Fisher Theatre in the ISU Center. Other performance dates are March 1, 7, and 8 at 7:30 p.m. and March 2 and 9 at 2 p.m. in Fisher Theater, Ames.
Tickets can be purchased through any TicketMaster, the Iowa State Center Ticket Office in Ames, or at the door before performances.