Napoleon Vs. the Turk is an exciting minute-by-minute drama loosely
based on the real Turk and its match against Napoleon. It was first
performed at the 2006 Toronto Fringe Festival, directed by Luke
1809. Napoleon Bonaparte has invaded Austria and is working out
a treaty at Schonbruun Palace. Also visiting Schonbruun is The
Turk, a mechanical man seemingly able to play chess and defeat many
Napoleon, a chess enthusiast, challenges the Turk to a game. But
as Johann Nepomuk Maelzel, the last steward of the famous Turk,
drunkenly recalls, all is not what it seems.
Before the match, Maelzel feuds with his love, Lotte, who wants
to stop the match and for Maelzel to give up the Turk. Meanwhile,
the brilliant chess player Allgaier matches wits with defeated
Austrian general Sterzl, in a conflict that could spell disaster
for Napoleon and Maelzel.
Tom Robertson has written and produced plays in Toronto, Canada,
since graduating from Queen's University in 2002 where he studied
Drama and History.
His past work includes collaborating on Ninja Heaven, an 'action
play', at the National Film Board Cinematheque stage in 2005,
Napoleon Vs. The Turk, which was performed at the Toronto Fringe
Festival in 2006, and writing for the production Sit On It, a
monthly live 'sit-com'.
He is the winner of the J.C.W. Saxton Prize for Playwriting from
Queen's University for his play, Horses, and won first prize in the
2004 Toronto Fringe Festival 24-hour Playwriting Contest with his
play, Let's Start Over.
Tom makes his living as Senior Project Manager for Shaw
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