By William Shakespeare
It is the early days of the Roman Republic. The new government is plagued by riots, food shortages, and resentment between classes. Additionally, the Romans continue to clash with their neighbors and rivals to the south: the Volsci. During an especially vicious battle in the city of Corioles, Roman general Caius Martius finds himself alone and hopelessly outnumbered. After a valiant stand, he emerges blood-soaked but alive, and his heroic exploits quickly make him a legend back home. Taking the name Coriolanus in honor of his victory, the general leverages his new-found fame to enter politics. But the game of politics proves to be far more dangerous than war...