Written by Peter Shaffer
Drayton Hall Theatre
Peter Shaffer once called his Tony® and Oscar®-winning story of jealousy, ambition, and divine genius “a fantasia on the theme of Mozart and Salieri.” In Shaffer’s fictionalized history, successful composer Antonio Salieri recounts how he became intrigued by his genius contemporary Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, then quickly irritated by the young composer’s obscene immaturity. As Salieri’s disgust turns to bitter resentment, he begins to question a God who would bestow heavenly gifts on someone so unworthy, and sets out to destroy Mozart’s career. Tony® Award winner for Best Play, 1981.