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Monday, June 4, 2012

EVENT: The Little Prince as Told by Machiavelli (Fringe)

The Little Prince as told by Machiavelli

A Fringe Festival production showing at the MainLine Theatre (3997 St-Laurent) on these dates:

Saturday June 16 at 19:00 
Sunday June 17 at 22:00 
Monday June 18 at 18:00 
Wednesday June 20 at 20:15
Friday June 22 at 15:15
Saturday June 23 at 19:45

For tickets call (514) 849-3378, or reserve online at:

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is a charming, whimsical, slightly melancholy children's story about love, loss, loneliness, and a wistful philosophy of what is most important in life. It has captivated young and old alike for generations.

The Prince by Italian statesman Niccolo Machiavelli is a brutally pragmatic analysis of political realities during the most dangerous, cutthroat era of Italian history: a book whose advice to rulers was so cunning, so ruthless, and so completely amoral that it horrified even the Borgias.

At this year’s Fringe, freshman company Capricornucopia presents The Little Prince as told by Machiavelli, combining these two enduring masterpieces to produce a charming and whimsical story of brutally pragmatic political realities, told with childlike wonder and ruthlessness!

Join the Little Prince as he travels to different planets (those big flat disks in the sky that the sun revolves around), meeting funny new people and subjugating them! Watch as he cleverly employs Machiavellian techniques — flattery, treachery, blackmail, deceit — to exploit their flaws and establish his own iron-fisted rule. Through his enchanting adventures, the Little Prince explores issues that are close to the hearts of all little princes and little princesses:

  • Should I always keep my promises?
  • Is it better to be loved, or to be feared?
  • Should I show gratitude to people who help me? For how long?
  • What stratagem should one employ to assail the realm of the Ottoman Turk? Is it the same as that once used by the Roman Republic and the Aetolian League to eject Macedonian phalanxes from ancient Thessaly in the time of Titus Livius?

...and many other questions all children ask, each illustrated so simply and clearly that even grown-ups will understand!

Whether you are contending with the Papacy and the Duke of Ferrara to unite all Italy under a single banner, or just want to be top dog in kindergarten, The Little Prince as told by Machiavelli provides timeless lessons in dominance to ensure your long and prosperous reign. 

Tickets $10 + $2 service charge — or only $8 + $2 service charge if you show us your copy of The Prince or The Little Prince

Written by Charles Roburn 
Directed by Mireck Metelski 

Melissa Allina-Tayler 
Adrian Shepherd-Gawinski 
Cameron Sedgwick 
Tali BradyThe Little Prince as told by Machiavelli

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