Genre: Comedy
by Niccolo Machiavelli, new translation by Vinnie Marano and Ollie Rasini, directed by Daryl Boling

"Can you have your cake and eat it too?" Niccolo Machiavelli's The Mandrake answers in the affirmative. After 20 years abroad in Paris, young Callimaco returns to his native Florence to glimpse the beautiful, married Lucrezia. With the aid of a matchmaker (Ligurio) and a friar (Brother Timothy), Callimaco schemes to win Lucrezia's affections. Brother Timothy convinces Lucrezia and her husband Nicia that a powerful herb, the mandrake of the play's title, will help the childless couple conceive. However, there is a dire consequence; the first man to sleep with a woman who has taken the herb will die. After much handwringing, Lucrezia and Nicia agree to allow another man to spend the night with her. Callimaco, of course, is happy to oblige. Considered an Italian literature classic, Niccolo Machiavelli's 500-year-old sex farce is a hilarious, yet probing look at dishonesty, greed and the fallacies of the church. In this new translation by Vinnie Marano and Ollie Rasini, original songs have been added to accentuate the play's timeless themes, and special attention is paid to Brother Timothy's role in the deceptive plot.
About the Company: Manhattan Theatre Source

Manhattantheatresource is a not-for-profit art service organization celebrating its fifth anniversary. Its 55-seat theatre, book store and cabaret, run by full-time volunteers, have afforded more than 2,400 artists opportunities to work in over 475 productions. The Source also provides workshops, marketing and design support, voiceover and video editing services and career consulting to local artists.

Cast: Steve Deighan, Clare Stevenson, Daniel Harnett, Michael Shattner, Cynthia Foster, Ridley Parson, Benjamin Thomas
Open:   01/05/06
Close:   01/28/06

January 5, 6, 7, 16, 17, 20, 21, 24, 25 & 28 at 8 pm
January 8 & 22 at 7 pm
January 14, 15 & 28 at 2 pm
Theater:   Manhattan Theater Source
Address:   177 MacDougal St
New York, NY 10011
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Jeffrey Plunkett Callimaco

Jeffrey Plunkett (AEA) just finished an extended run in James Lecene's niine-character one-person play THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY. Earlier in the 2017 season, Mr. Plunkett played Kerry Max Cook in THE EXONERATED.

Mr. Plunkett performed with the Sarasota Orchestra last winter, narrating the American premier of Sibelius' tone poem, The Wood Nymph.

He appeared in the world pemier of SITTING SHIVA at the 2014 New York Internationsal Fringe Festival.

Also in 2014, Mr. Plunkett played C.S. Lewis in Mark St. Germain's two-character play FREUD'S LAST SESSION. (A civilized, sophisticated intellectual with good manners, Plunkett’s Lewis is a fellow you’d like to have a pint with, not a moralizing prig. --The Obsever Group, As Lewis, Jeffrey Plunkett is equally passionate, but more reserved and demure, with a calm, poetic way of expressing his thoughts. --Herald Tribune, Jeffrey Plunkett delivers Lewis with sparkling warmth and joy. --Total Theatre)

He spent the winter of 2013 playing Joseph Alsop in 90 performances of the regional premier of David Auburn's THE COLUMNIST (Jeffrey Plunkett has room for what ultimately becomes a freight train of a performance that erupts at its crescendo, before finding a sweet spot in the broken shell of a man who finally remains – the contrast of which is nearly immeasurable. --The Bradenton Times, Jeffrey Plunkett portrays a wonderful blend of arrogance and intellectual authority. --Aislesay.comMr. Plunkett, who continues a string of memorable performances, conveys the upper crust, waspish manner of Alsop. When the character is threatened or challenged, we see the inner steel that propelled him to the heights of power. He is riveting in the final scene., Jeffrey Plunkett brilliantly portrays the complex Alsop by capturing both his pomp and his genuine humanity. --This Week in Sarasota, Jeffrey Plunkett encompassed the caustic, arrogant, vitriolic writer who confidently controlled words, family, and the powerful Washington social scene. He never doubts what he believes; the audience never doubts Plunkett’s tone and body language. It is strong and convincing., Jeffrey Plunkett is sublime as Alsop. --The Observer).

Prior to that he played Tony in Michael McKeever's SOUTH BEACH BABYLON.

In December 2012, Mr. Plunkett completed a run in the off-off Broadway premier of Mac Rogers' HAVE MERCY. He is a New York Innovative Theatre Awards 2009 nominee for his portrayal of Tennel in Keith Reddin's first NYC production of ALL THE RAGE. He played Jack Lawson in the regional premier of David Mamet's RACE, voted Best Play by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Mr. Plunkett played three roles in Gurney's SYLVIA at Florida Studio Theatre. (Jeffrey Plunkett matches for sheer enthusiasm and ballsy performances as three vastly different characters. Plunkett makes them distinct and funny. --Herald Tribune.   Other theaters might well be jealous of the terrific cast that Florida Studio Theatre has assembled for this lark. Plunkett is amusing and hilarious. --Creative Loafing.  SYLVIA has some of Gurney’s deft comedy timing to recommend it, along with hilarious bits by Jeffrey Plunkett in three separate roles. --Sarasota Magazine.  The Harvey Korman-esque Jeffrey Plunkett plays a trio characters along a spectrum of genre. Hilariously as well.--Critic on the Run. ) He performed at NYC's Algonquin Theatre in their production of SLAVE SHACK. In 2010, he completed eighty performances as Elliot in the play OPUS at Florida Studio Theatre. (Mr. Plunkett, in a cast where everyone seems ideal for their roles, is completely believable and remains sympathetic throughout.--Sarasota Magazine. Plunkett, in a tip-top cast, soon establishes himself as first among equals, a mercurial, thin-skinned violinist who's easily offended and never far from tears. --Creative Loafing. Jeffrey Plunkett is mesmerizing in his intensity.

Mr. Plunkett has appeared regularly at manhattantheatresource, in ALL THE RAGE (Best ensemble cast this side of Osage, BLACK COMEDY/WHITE LIARS, WOYZECK, ST. FRANCES OF HOLLYWOOD, THE MANDRAKE (Mr. Plunkett is quite good as Callimaco!--NY Timesand The Estro Genius Festival of New Plays in 2003 and 2004. He also appeared in PERMANENT COLLECTION (Best Actor Nominee--S Magazine) and PURE CONFIDENCE. He has appeared off-Broadway at The Cherry Lane Theatre in CONCERTINA'S RAINBOW with Mia Dillon, Joyce Van Patten, and Ann Pitoniak, and off-off Broadway at the Riant Theater Festival of Short Plays in the premier of WHERE THINGS ARE, at the 78th Street Theatre Lab in THE DEVIL OF DELANCEY STREET, and as a company member of Broad Horizon's Theatre where he played Talthybius in WOMEN OF TROY. He was asked to participate in the 50th Anniversary of London's National Theatre in a reading of CLOUD 9 with Kathleen Chalfant at Edwin Booth's Players' Club.

Regionally, Mr. Plunkett has played Greg in over 250 performances of THE SUM OF US. He has appeared at Syracuse Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, GeVA in Rochester, Capitol Rep in Albany (Plunkett is fun and sexy as all get out. His is by far the most arresting performance on The Capitol Rep stage this season.--Times Union), Pennsylvania Stage Company, Three Rivers' Shakespeare Festival, The Alliance Theatre, Chicago's Body Politic, Pennsylvania Centre Stage, Fairfield Theatre Company, South Jersey Regional Theatre, and at the age of 17, was singing supporting roles with The Metro Lyric Opera in New Jersey.

He has played Eugene in BILOXI BLUES and BROADWAY BOUND, Johnny in Athol Fugard's HELLO AND GOODBYE (Jeffrey Plunkett delivers a consistently fine performance as Johnny, and the best moments in the play belong to him. --Chicago Reader), Harlequin in THE GAMBOL OF LOVE, Proteus in TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA, Hamlet in HAMLET, Malvolio in TWELFTH NIGHT, Scapino in SCAPINO, Ned Weeks in THE NORMAL HEART (Plunkett's performance is an emotional powerhouse and he plays Ned with conviction and believable passion. His performance is vibrant. --The Daily Collegian) and Sweeney Todd 

Mr. Plunkett is also a blogger whose pieces have been read in the United States, Argentina, Australia, Mexico, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Canada, United Kingdom, Republic of Korea, Spain, Czech Republic, Brazil, Morocco, Germany, Netherlands, France, India, Romania, Cyprus, Italy, Malaysia, Turkey, Taiwan, Denmark, Austria, Hong Kong, Bahrain, Belgium, Japan, Poland, Slovakia, Russian Federation, New Zealand, Switzerland, Ecuador, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, Belarus, Israel, Serbia, El Salvador, United Arab Emirates, Latvia, United Republic of Tanzania, Columbia, Uruguay, Finland, Slovenia, Algeria, Viet Nam, and Ireland.