CANDAULES COMMISSIONER

by Daniel Gerould

 
The San Francisco Workshop performs the play
Directed by: Mark Estrin
Technical Production by: Bob Bergstresser
Produced by:
Erik Bauersfeld

According to Herodotus, King Candaules wanted to share the sight of his wife's beauty with his friend Gyges. It didn't turn out well. The Queen spied Gyges as he retreated and called for him next morning, giving him a choice: either he kills the king or himself. Choosing wisely, Gyges quickly became king. In Gerould's modernization of the Gyges myth, Candaules is an official in a land where the war has been going on for so long that the war orphans have started to have children. Gyges is his "native" driver, and Nyssia is his bored, shoe-collecting wife. One day, Candaules gets a telegram saying he should "show your wife's private parts to the natives," and the scheme to do just that leads to chaos and revolution.

Length: 60:00

Listen: Earshot