The Persians in New York
Theatre of Greece returns to New
York's City Center for a
limited six-performance run of Aeschylus'
The Persians, the oldest surviving play in history and the
only extant Greek tragedy that is non-mythical in theme and based on historic
(Persae) is the oldest surviving play in history and the only surviving
Greek tragedy that deals with a non-mythical theme. The play celebrates the
final defeat of the armies of Xerxes in the sea-battle of Salamis (480 B.C.). After
it was performed in 472 B.C. in Dionysia, Aeschylus (who himself fought in that
battle) was awarded the first prize.
The play takes place in
Susa, the capital of Persia, where
Greeks for more than eleven years had fought against their enemies. It opens
with Atossa, the Queen Mother and the Chorus representing the Persian nobles,
the King’s advisors. They are awaiting the news of King Xerxes’ campaign against
the Greeks. The Chorus is anxious and troubled by bad premonitions. Atossa
describes her frightening dream about the campaign and decides to propitiate the
gods with immolations. The scenes that follow offer the narrative of the defeat
and ruin of the Persian forces.
The play is not only a
boastful picture of the Greek triumph over Persians; It is solemn warning
addressed to both victors and vanquished. It is a vision of divine justice
humbling the pride of nations, a moral lesson on tyranny that touches the heart
and conscience of each oppressor, whether Greek or barbarian.
The production stars
Lydia Koniordou, one of Greece's
most accomplished stage actresses.
Performed in Greek with
130 West 55 Street
York, NY 10019
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Monday 8:00pm /
Tuesday 8:00pm / Wednesday 8:00pm / Saturday 8:00pm /
Sunday 2:00pm & 7:00pm
Date: September 16, 2006
Closing Date: September 20,
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