Peter Shaffer’s provocative work weaves a confrontation between mediocrity and genius into a tale of breathtaking dramatic power. In the court of the Austrian Emperor Josef, Antonio Salieri is the established composer. Enter the greatest musical genius to date: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Salieri has given himself to God to realize his sole ambition: to be great. Mozart is a foul-mouthed, graceless oaf who possesses the one thing beyond Salieri’s envious grasp: Genius.