Cosmowriters November 25, 2019
ANTHONY E. GALLO
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This two-act drama about two young Americans in Rome and an elite set of aristocrats, known both mockingly and respectfully as The Cabala, is totally based on Thornton Wilder’s 1921 novel when the author was 24 years old. He is a hard act to follow.
All members of the Cabala have wealth and a burning desire to turn back the clock, to reinstate kings in Europe’s republics. Some believe in the Divine Right of Kings and want that doctrine to become Church dogma. Gods of all sorts come and go., And the two Americans get some hearty advice by a mysterious man in blue on their way home.
Sam, a newly-arrived recent Yale graduate finds himself entertaining a gathering of wealthy and influential Europeans in post-World War 1 Rome. Surprisingly, a legendary Cardinal encourages him to become a part of the group. At first Sam feels privileged but then finds out that the "Cabala" is really a pagan cult comprised largely of insecure, aimless, and superficial people who have quickly come to depend on him.
Sam tries to free himself but finds that he is hopelessly attached to the group. He must also save two other members who are prone to violence. And all are under the influence of a powerful Cardinal who is both saint and sinner.
In the struggle between good and evil, Sam finds that he is equally attracted to both. Finally, truth comes to the rescue when he find escapes to Hollows Corners.
Samuele, 23, American Yale graduate living in Rome
Carlo, Cardinal Viani, 89(but youthful)
Lucia, 40, wealthy and devout Roman Catholic European aristocrat
Ottima, 60, cook, housecleaner and some more
Elizabeth (Miss Grier) , 50, Wealthy American spinster
Giovanna, The Duchess d'Aquilanera, (55) Mother of Marcantonio
Marcantonio, 23, Giovanna's sexually promiscuous son
Alix, unhappily married French princess in love with James
Jane, Countess Bernstein, 50, wealthy French woman
James Blair, 23, Samuel's Roommate
Virgil, Ancient Roman Poet