NT Live: Timon of Athens
@ 2:00 PM
Wealthy friend to the rich and powerful, patron of the arts, ostentatious host, Timon of Athens is surrounded by free-loaders and sycophants. He vastly outspends his resources but, finding his coffers empty, reassures his loyal steward that all will be well.
Methinks I could deal kingdoms to my friends,
And ne’er be weary.
When he calls upon his associates, instead of offering help, they hang him out to dry. After a final, vengeful banquet, Timon withdraws to a literal and emotional wasteland, living off roots and pouring curses on a morally bankrupt Athens.
I am Misanthropos and hate mankind.
For my part, I do wish thou wert a dog
That I might love thee something.