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The Comedian

by Clem Martini

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Titus Maccius Plautus' career is on the decline. Once renound for bringing Greek comedies to the Roman world, now he struggles to stage a single play. Unlucky with money and unlucky in love, Plautus faces the world with wry dignity. This could be the performance that brings back fame and fortune, or the one that ends it all.

Engaging, thoughtful, and funny, The Comedian dives into the rough and tumble world of arts in its infancy. Clem Martini draws on his talent and experience to bring to life the signs and sounds of a world where playwrights suffered and succeeded - but mostly suffered.

About the Author
Clem Martini is an award-winning playwright, novelist, and screenwriter with over thirty plays and twelve books of fiction and nonfiction to his credit, including the W.O. Mitchell Book Prize–winning Bitter Medicine: A Graphic Memoir of Mental Illness, the recently launched The Unravelling, and The Comedian. His texts on playwriting, The Blunt Playwright, The Greek Playwright, and The Ancient Comedians are employed widely at universities and colleges across the continent. He currently teaches in the School of Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Calgary.
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Editorial Reviews

 

The Comedian is a thoroughly entertaining and polished work.

—Mark Lisac, Prime Times

 


You really can't ask for more.

—Alex Rettie, AlbertaViews


In Martini’s deft hands, the trials and tribulations of mounting a theatrical production in ancient Rome ring true today… Martini’s wit, as well as his intimate theatrical knowledge, is apparent on every page… The Comedian provides an enjoyable glimpse into the theatre’s classical roots, while illuminating an offstage drama that, for better or worse, still defines the thespian experience. - Laurel Smith, Quill and Quire

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