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Ion by Thomas Noon Talfourd is a captivating and thought-provoking play that explores themes of love, duty, and destiny. The story follows the character Ion, a young Greek shepherd who discovers that he is the son of an Athenian nobleman and is destined for greatness.

The play is set in Ancient Greece and is filled with rich language and vivid descriptions of the characters and setting. Talfourd's writing is both poetic and philosophical, drawing the reader into the world of Ion and his journey of self-discovery.

The characters in Ion are complex and multi-dimensional, each struggling with their own desires and motivations. The relationship between Ion and his mother Creusa is particularly moving, as they grapple with their conflicting loyalties and responsibilities.

Overall, Ion is a beautifully written play that delves deep into the human experience and raises important questions about fate and free will. I would highly recommend it to those who enjoy thought-provoking literature and are interested in exploring the complexities of human nature.

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This drama, set in Ancient Greece, was written by a Victorian lawyer who was a close friend of Charles Dickens. When collected into book format, “The Pickwick Papers” was dedicated to him. As a Member of Parliament, Sir Thomas Noon Talfourd introduced legislation protecting the copyrights of authors. This play was originally printed only to be read as poetry. However, it attracted the attention of William Macready, who mounted a successful production of it at Covent Garden in 1836. The drama became a much bigger hit a few years later, though, when it was revived with actress Ellen Terry taking over the part of the tragic hero, Ion. Charlotte Cushman and other leading ladies of the day took advantage of the craze for “breeches roles” and donned togas to play this doomed young Grecian noble. Cast List Ion Kelly S. Taylor Adrastus Tomas Peter Medon Alan Mapstone Ctesiphon ToddHW Cassander Greg Giordano Agenor Wayne Cooke Cleon Will Forbis Phocion Andrew Latheron Timocles Phil Schempf Crythes James R. Hedrick First Soldier Jake Malizia Second Soldier Jim Locke Irus Joanna Michal Hoyt Clemanthe Jenn Broda Abra Wendy Katz Hiller Stage Directions Larry Wilson

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