Cayo Caesar. The Sanest of Fools is a one-act drama by writer Agustín Muñoz Sanz, directed by Jesús Manchón, and produced by Atakama Creatividad Cultural for the 66th edition of the Mérida Classic Theater Festival.
The play delves into the best-known public stage of the third Roman emperor and heir to Tiberius. Cayo Caesar is better known as Caligula, a childhood nickname given by the legionary troops under his father’s command. Muñoz Sanz presents a peculiar character: thoughtless, capricious, histrionic, extravagant, cruel, vengeful, amoral and immoral. Crazy for many. Cayo Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (12-41 AD) ruled for almost five years (March 37 to January 41 AD) but didn’t partake in any political, military or cultural actions of historical significance. He did however terrify Rome’s elite (patricians and senators) as well as the people with his serious and unrestrained decisions.
The model of a ruler that the author suggests makes us ponder. It also clearly conveys his concerns about evil and the consequences of power exercised without scruples or ethical and legal limits. An old affair from the imperial times, before and after, which is still valid in the 21st century.
Duration: 90 minutes.
Recommended age: over 13 years old.