Seneca and the Soul of Nero
- L . Jan Eira:30 Jul. 2020“ I was honored to have had the opportunity to read Seneca And The Soul Of Nero and participate in a group discussion with the author and other playwrights. As I read the play, the first scene captured me and catapulted me deep into the piece. Until now, I hadn't given historical pieces much thought, but this play has shown me the sort of great inspiration I've been missing. As such, I have changed my stance about the genre. The play is well-written and captivating. I can't wait to see it on stage. ”
- Megan Ann Jacobs:27 Apr. 2020“ I was blessed to be part of the workshopping process and have seen this play grow and become what it is now. Marcia is not only a brilliant story-teller and a true knower of Nero and his countless flaws, but how she presents this age-old tale rings true in so many elements of today's world. This well-crafted tragedy evaluates what it means to be a teacher and examines what responsibilities they have to their students and showcases the struggle of wrestling between our ideals and the willingness to not give up on a student. A fantastic piece! ”
- Steven G. Martin:27 Apr. 2020“ I attended a workshop reading of "Seneca and the Soul of Nero" through Indiana Playwrights Circle, and came away impressed by Marcia Eppich-Harris's skill. Of special note are Nero's character arc from uncertain young man to hellish despot and the subtle parallels created between ancient Roman political personalities and contemporary ones. This full-length play has a strong foundation of historic research; strong, individualized characters; and a plot that is equally horrible and inevitable. ”
- Seneca50-60Around 50 at opening, dies at age 61 by
ordered suicide. Tutor and then advisor
to Nero. Stoic philosopher. Wealthy.
Married to Pompeia Paulina. Uncle of
Lucan. Son died early on and has no other
children. (Doubles with Thyestes -- character in a play)
- Nero20-3017 at the start of the play, dies at age
30 by assisted suicide. Son of Agrippina
and adopted son of Claudius. Marries
Octavia, but is lover of Acte and Poppaea
Sabina. (Has sex with his mother, too.)
Becomes emperor as a teenager.
- Pompeia Paulina35-45Pompeia Paulina (aka Poppy): Around 35
years old at start of the play and 46 at
the end. Seneca's wife and best friend.
- Agrippina35-4538 at start of the play, dies
at age 43. Mother of Nero, married to
Claudius until he dies (murdered by her
to advance Nero). Murdered by Nero's
soldier, Burrus (first attempt - a trick
boat set to sink; second attempt - same
night, Burrus sent to kill her and she
requests being stabbed in the womb for
having given birth to a tyrant).
- Octavia18-30Wife and adopted sister of Nero. Never
loved him. Exiled and then commits suicide with Burrus
- Sabina20s-30sSecond wife to Nero. Nero kills
her by kicking her to death when she is
pregnant with their second child. (First
child, Claudia, died at age 4 months.)
- Burrus45-55Co-advisor with Seneca to Nero.
In charge of the Praetorian guard.
- Lucan20-30Nephew of Seneca, poet of the
court. Initially favors Nero, but turns
- Nurse to Sabinakind woman who convinces Sabina to
prepare her dead child for funeral rites.
- Guard 2Non-speaking
- Guard 1Gives both Seneca and Nero the daggers that will
- Ambassador 2
- Ambassador 1
- Actor playing Tantalus15-20
- Actor playing Nurse in Medea
- Actor playing Medea35-40wife of Jason and killer of her own
children in Seneca's play Medea
- Actor playing Jason20s-30s
- Actor playing CreonActor playing King in
- Claudiainfantinfant, best to use a doll.
- ,Reading,Indiana Playwrights Circle2020