Greek History Lessons, 2009

4 male – 2 female

Peny Fylaktaki

The wedding of a young couple is about to take place in a traditional chapel in a picturesque rural setting.  Because of a sudden snow-storm which blocks national roads, the Groom and upcoming MP, the pregnant Bride, the groom’s Mother, and Roulis, the bride’s father and former immigrant who’s now among the nouveau-riche, drift away from the train of cars which would bring them to the wedding and end up in the wrong chapel, quite a few kilometers away from their destination.  The only two other persons there is the Priest, who is desperately looking for a congregation, and the Foreigner, who has found shelter from the snowstorm.  Soon the snow level blocks the exit, electricity and telecommunications are cut off.  The six of them are snow-bound and forced to wait until the storm subsides and rescue units find them.  They have to struggle against time, cold, hunger but most of all against their true self which lurks wild in the shadows, when appearances can no longer be kept and the masks come off.  Roulis’ obsession with his Mercedes, the Priest’s gluttony, the pretence of a wedding whose purpose is to camouflage the Bride’s pregnancy and the Groom’s real sexual preferences, and the Mother’s silent complicity are discovered by the Foreigner, who pays for this discovery with his life.  His murder is followed by cannibalism, as the five ones remaining will do anything to stay alive.  When several days later rescue units arrive on the spot, the five survivors feature on newspaper headlines and TV bulletins as the heroes of the day.  The Foreigner and the secret of his death are forever buried in the chapel and in the bed of their conscience. 

The play has been translated in English by Thaleia Bistika. 



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MAN We lost.

WOMAN  Friendly game?


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