Young Love is complicated, think back to when you were just about 20 years old, and how much you knew about your own emotions at that age. Now, throw in the fate of a Nation’s peace, royal families, and not one, but three relationships.
That’s the Love of Three Kings, the story of an Italian Kingdom conquered by a German king, and the peace that rests on the marriage of the German Prince, and an Italian Princess unsure of her feelings.
Princess Fiora of Altura is only about 20 years old, and her love life is complicated to say the least.
“She’s loved by her former fiancé Avito,” Elizabeth Tredent said. “Her now husband, Prince Manfredo, and strangely enough she’s also loved by her blind Father-In-Law he is the King now of the country.”
In order to get into character, Elizabeth Tredent thought back to her college relationships.
“I didn’t know what I wanted, what I needed,” Tredent said. “And everything was pretty dramatic whenever I was in a relationship with someone, heartache was very deep.”
So even though she’s married, she carries on an affair with her first love, Prince Avito,
“They’ve known each other for a very long time, and probably loved each other for a very long time,” Matthew Vickers said. “Their relationship is not something that’s new .”
But the love isn’t without consequences.
“Just really torn up about losing his love of his life,” Vickers said. “And is risking everything, not only himself, but is risking her, and is risking his country by continually seeing her.”
And Princess Fiora continues to be torn.
“Because Manfredo,” Tredent said. “Manfredo, her husband, he’s truly a genuinely kind, loving man, and he wants nothing more than to make her happy.”
Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for his father, the blind king, a strong man who terrifies Fiora, and catches her cheating.
“This is the first time that we see Fiora say, you know what,” Tredent said. “I’m going to stand up for myself, you put me in this position, I don’t want to be married to your son, I want to be with Avito, it’s not right that you made me do this just because you secretly love me.”
Forbidden love, unrequited love, scorned love, and more is all in the love of three kings.
“Every character is sympathetic in some way,” “On the one hand their all very sympathetic character, on the other hand, their all very tragic characters as well.”
The Love of Three Kings is being performed at the Sarasota Opera House through March 26th.