Sunday, April 23, 2006

Xerxes and W


I am in the Washington D.C. area for a short period of time. Yesterday, walking only a few blocks from the White House, I was lucky enough to see an ad in the street about the staging of the oldest known play, The Persians, and tonight I watched it. It was a play--I never had read--about the decline of a greedy empire, Persia.
The play is released at a time when the "West" (believed to be the heir to Greek culture and civilization) is supposedly threatened by the "Persians." But in contrast to what is expected, it uses ancient Persia's defeat to represent the imminent demise of the United States' imperialistic foreign policies.
If you live in DC area, go an watch it. You will not regret it.

1 comment:

  1. that sounds very interesting. who is directing it, do you know? i didn't in fact even know about this play. very cool.
    sz

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