TIMON OF ATHENS

Written by William Shakespeare

 

DRAMATIS PERSONÆ

TIMON, a noble Athenian
LUCIUS & LUCULLUS & SEMPRONIUS, flattering Lords
VENTIDIUS, one of Timon's false Friends
APEMANTUS, a churlish Philosopher
ALCIBIADES, an Athenian Captain
FLAVIUS, Steward to Timon
FLAMINIUS, LUCILIUS & SERVILIUS, Servants to Timon
CAPHIS, PHILOTUS, TITUS & HORTENSIUS (Doug Jones), Servants to Timon's Creditors
Servants of Ventidius, and of Varro and Isidore (two of Timon's Creditors)



Timon is a kind and generous aristocrat in Athens with one major fault - he is a spendthrift. Everyone loves him because of his generosity as a host. When Timon finds himself confronted with creditors, however, his steward, Flavius, can do little more than tell him that he is bankrupt. Timon then sends his servants to his "friends," only to receive excuses in return; no one will lend him money to repay his debts. Angered by this, Timon invites them all to one last feast. The only dish, to everyone's surprise, is warm water. Timon then denounces not only his former comrades but mankind as a whole.

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