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Euripides

The Suppliants

Original title: Ἱκέτιδες
Staged Reading

Director

Luka Martin Škof

Opening night

24 February 2017

Small Stage

Duration:

65 minutes

The Suppliants, first performed in 423 BC, is a theatrical continuation on the Theban myth of the unfortunate King Oedipus, the power-hunger brothers Eteocles and Polyneices, and their sister Antigone, who insists on the imperative to bury the dead. In The Suppliants a burial is required from Creon by the mothers of deceased soldiers, whom Adrastus, the king of Argos, led to a siege to one of the seven Theban city gates. The women of Argos address their pleas and supplications to Theseus, the ruler of Athens. The famous hero hears them only after obtaining the support of his citizens. While the chorus is fearful of a new bloodshed, Theseus opts for a peaceful way. Will he succeed in his negotiations?

Euripides (c. 480 – c. 406 BC), the last of the great ancient Greek tragedians, is considered an innovator of classical Attic drama. While in his most famous plays – Medea, Alcestis, Hippolytus, Phoenician Women, Bacchae – the focus lies in the inner experience of his (female) characters, leaving aside the segment of deities, The Suppliants is more traditional. His reflection comparing democracy (of Athens) and despotism (of Thebes) introduces an imperative of peace and investigates the issue of a political system to fit man.

Creators

Creative team

TRANSLATOR

Jera Ivanc

Drama Igralec: Jera Ivanc | odpri ustvarjalca

DRAMATURG

Darja Dominkuš

Drama Igralec: Darja Dominkuš | odpri ustvarjalca

LANGUAGE CONSULTANT

Arko

Drama Igralec: Arko | odpri ustvarjalca

The Suppliants

Drama Igralec: The Suppliants | odpri ustvarjalca

LIGHTING DESIGNER

Vlado Glavan

Drama Igralec: Vlado Glavan | odpri ustvarjalca

Cast

Silva ČušinDrama Igralec: Silva Čušin | odpri igralca

Aethra, mother of Theseus, king of Athens

Veronika DrolcDrama Igralec: Veronika Drolc | odpri igralca, Maja SeverDrama Igralec: Maja Sever | odpri igralca, Barbara CerarDrama Igralec: Barbara Cerar | odpri igralca

Chorus of Argive mothers of the slain

Nik Škrlec

Theseus, king of Athens

Matija RozmanDrama Igralec: Matija Rozman | odpri igralca

Adrastus, king of Argos

Boris MihaljDrama Igralec: Boris Mihalj | odpri igralca

Herald of Creon, king of Thebes

Rok ViharDrama Igralec: Rok Vihar | odpri igralca

Iphis, father of Evadne and Eteocles, one of the slain; servant of Capaneus

Vanja PlutDrama Igralec: Vanja Plut | odpri igralca

Evadne, wife of Capaneus, one of the slain

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