In 1817, a battle of gods and mortals rages in the halls of the British Museum, when the ebullient but deluded history painter Benjamin Robert Haydon takes the young poet he considers to be his protégé, John Keats, to view the recently unveiled statues of the Parthenon. As Haydon tries to awaken his young friend's appreciation of these treasures of antiquity - the goddess Pallas Athena arrives to reclaim them.
“The Gods of Greece must be pleased. A delicious trip into history . . . I can’t wait for the day that Janet Munsil’s Influence will extend across the seas to be presented where it’s set, in London.” — VANCOUVER SUN
“Expansive, witty, intelligent and moving. A comment from a teenager after the show sums everything up perfectly: "It was like an explosion of awesomeness in my brain." Totally.” — PLANK MAGAZINE
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Commissioned by Touchstone Theatre, Vancouver.
Premiere produced by Touchstone Theatre, dir. Katrina Dunn at Performance Works (Vancouver), 2008.
Produced in 2011 by Intrepid Theatre, Victoria.