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November 2003
James Taris, LETS lifestyle enthusiast,
continues on his world tour, performing

The Glory of Athens

• web-link to
James Taris World Trip


James Taris' Play: The Glory Of Athens

The Glory Of Athens is a humorous and inspirational one-act, one-man (or woman) play which is loosely based on Ancient Greek history at the time when the Parthenon was being built (around 440 BC) and firmly committed to delivering some ridiculously funny monologues.

The story starts with Demi, a modern day accountant, desperately trying to find a way to handle a seemingly impossible task which has just been dropped on his/her lap. Athena, the Ancient Greek Goddess of Wisdom, comes to Demi's aid, and using her divine powers, arranges for Demi to witness six of the greatest Ancient Greek minds by being magically transformed into those characters.

You'll see some of Ancient Greece's most revered historical figures (Pericles, Archimedes, Socrates, Demosthenes, Homer and Odysseus) discussing and performing historically significant events in ways which will leave you belly-laughing long after the play has finished. But simultaneously, James has managed to weave in a very serious and sincere journey for Demi who, through these amazing experiences, grows from being 'helpless, hopeless and desperate' to being a very confident and determined person.

So even though The Glory Of Athens is given the ridiculously funny treatment by James Taris in his debut play, it is primarily an inspirational play, full of hope and emotion, which will give the audience an adrenalin shot in the arm as well as make their eyes well up with tears on more than one occasion.

The Glory Of Athens is a must see. These Ancient Greek legends are all uniquely different, and even though their lines can appear ludicrous most of the time, they are still presented as strong and confident characters. And although the knowledge you gain about Ancient Greek history may be somewhat dubious, the positive, uplifting and inspirational message is unquestionably rock solid.

About James Taris

The Glory Of Athens has added 'playwright' to James Taris' already many and varied titles (poet, author, public speaker, photographer, world traveller, lifestyle idealist).

Currently James is on a 400 Day World Tour (May 31, 2003-July 3, 2004) which will take him to six continents, including 18 countries. His goal is to present The Glory Of Athens in every country he visits, starting off with readings of his play, and eventually giving one-man performances of this 60 minute play himself - it was received with acclaim at its world premier in Amsterdam on Tuesday, 30th September.

The Glory Of Athens is also designed so it can be performed by 2, 3, 4 or 7 actors, so James is also looking for a theatre group in Chicago that may be interested in producing a full-stage performance in February 2004.

Interest has already been shown in having The Glory Of Athens translated into French. And he would also like to see it translated into Spanish so it can be presented to the South American audiences he will encounter in March 2004 (though it'll be someone else performing it!).

For further info contact James on jtaris@nex.net.au or visit his website: www.Jamestaris.com

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THE GLORY OF ATHENS

A one-act, one-man humorous and inspirational play
written by James Taris

(Duration: about 60 minutes)
(Can also be performed by 2, 3, 4 or 7 actors sharing the roles.)

Cast of Characters:
1. Demi - modern day Accountant
2. Pericles - Ancient Greek Ruler of Athens
3. Archimedes - Ancient Greek Mathematician and Scientist.
4. Socrates - Ancient Greek Philosopher
5. Demosthenes - Ancient Greek Public Speaker
6. Homer - Ancient Greek Writer
7. Odysseus - Ancient Greek Legendary Hero


Play Segments

ACT 1 - Opening - Demi
ACT 1 - Character 1 - Pericles
ACT 1 - Character 2 - Archimedes
ACT 1 - Character 3 - Socrates
· INTERMISSION (if nec.)
ACT 1 - Character 4 - Demosthenes
ACT 1 - Character 5 - Homer
ACT 1 - Character 6 - Odysseus
ACT 1 - Closing - Pericles/Demi


ACT 1 - Character 1
Pericles

[Pericles spins around and walks back to front, centre stage. He gets the mobile phone from his belt and dials.]
Aristoteli? Ghia sou! This is Pericles! . . .
Which Pericles? What do you mean "which Pericles", THE Pericles!
The ruler of Athens, and your boss! And if you ask me that question again, it'll be your ex-boss!
So Teli, how's my beautiful Parthenon coming along? . . .
You've got some bad news? . . . and some more bad news?
So what's the first bad news? . . .
Who's on strike? . . .
The slaves? Can they do that? . . .
They formed a Slave Trade Union? . . . Yesterday? . . .
What's that guy's name again? . . .
Karl? . . . Marx-opoulos? So what does he want? . . .
A twelve hour working day, instead of 16?
Why, isn't 8 hours sleep long enough? . . .
And what are they going to do with an extra 4 hours? . . .
What do you mean, "that's the other bad news"? . . .
They want 4 hours of leisure time? To do what? . . .
To watch Greek theatre? . . .
That's ridiculous. How can we possibly do that? There's 75,000 of them?
We would need to build 100 more theatres. . .
(sarcastically) Oh! They said that it was OK if the theatres were small!
Well they'd have to be small . . . very small.
In fact, I think this demand is so ridiculous, you couldn't possibly consider it unless you gave them all a · toy Greek theatre. . .
Say what again. . . . The last part? . . .
A toy Greek theatre?. . . .
Teli, have you been drinking too much Ouzo again? . . .
You mean, give them something to put in their homes? And they can pretend it's the real thing?
Something in their homes? A Greek Thea. . . !!!!!
Teli! You are a genius! You've just given me a vision.
In fact, I'm so impressed I'll name it after you. I will call it . . . Teli Vision! . . .
Yes? . . . Teli, I'll explain later.
But let me make a call to my good friend Archimedes, and I'll get back to you.
In the meantime, offer Mr. Marx-opoulos a 15 hour working day, and settle for 14.
But only if they'll get back to work right away.
I'll ring you back on . . . Monday. Ghia sou.
[Hang ups and dials again.]
Archimedes? Ghia sou!
This is Pericles! I have a job for you. I want you to build hundreds of little Greek theatres for me . . .
Yes, I know you're not a builder, but I don't want a builder, I want a scientist!
Someone to invent for me . . . the Teli Vision. . .
It's a little box . . .
with the Greek theatre in it. . .
Yes, like a toy, but with real actors in it - not real, real actors . . . just pretend, real actors. . .
If I knew how to do it, I wouldn't be talking to you!
I don't care how you do it. But like Zeus, the father of all Gods, says - Just do it!
I have faith in you, Archie. And you will be richly rewarded.
How am I going to pay for all this? . . . Well???
And how am I going to get enough programs? . . . Uhm???
Call who? . . . And you're sure he's the man for the job? . . .
I will call him right away. I'll just write down that name - Rupert . . . Murdoch-akis. Got it!
Thanks Archie! May the Gods bless all of your children . . .
OK, if you ever have children, then may the Gods. . .
Really? So how long have you been fooling around, Archie? . . .
Ha ha ha! You randy old Greek.
Then may the Gods bless you and prevent you from fathering any children in Athens . . . or any of those other villages you've just been through.
Archie! I'll talk to you again on . . . Tuesday. Ghia sou.
[Hang ups and dials again.]
Rupert? Ghia sou! This is Pericles!
The man who will make you the richest man in the world! . . .
By giving you the programming rights to all the theatres in Athens! . . .
Yes I know we only have 3 . . . now . . . but soon we will have hundreds! . . .
What sort of theatre programs do I want?
The usual . . . dramas, comedies, game shows. To inspire and motivate my beautiful people of Athens!
Well, let me think of some ideas you can work with:
I want to show my people the Athens I am building for them now, while I am still their ruler.
äAcropolis Now Or Never"? I like that. I like that!
And I want my people to see and hear the greatest singers in Athens . . .
"The Opera Show"? Yes! Yes!
And for my dear friend Sox, you know, Socrates, the greatest philosopher in Athens, a program about him?
"Sox In The City"? Beautiful!
Rupert, may the Gods bless all of your . . . Rupert! Do you fool around with the lovely ladies? . . .
Sure? ·
Good! Then may the Gods bless all of your children and may we become the best of friends . . .
What? You can make a program called Friends?
Beautiful!
No you can't increase the price of the tickets. . .
Because there won't be any tickets. . .
Rupert, it's a long story, but TRUST ME, I'm Greek!
Yes, of course it'll be free! . . .
Rupert, you're the businessman! You think of a way.
In the meantime I'm getting hungry. I haven't had lunch yet and it's 3 o'clock already. . .
I usually go to Niko's Souvlaki House. He makes the best souvlaki . . .
What do you mean by Îadvertisingâ? . .
On my beautiful Teli Vision? . . .
So you think the merchants of Athens will pay handsomely for this advertising?
Like Niko's Souvlaki House? And . . .
Who's KFC? . . . Kosta's Fantastic Chicken? . . . Finger licking good, hey?
And Aphrodite's Massage? She'll pay too?
Rupert? You're a genius! You make the programs - you sell the advertising - you get rich!!! Simple!
See! I told you youâd find a way.
Anyway, get back to me by . . . Wednesday. Ghia sou!
[Hang ups and dials.]
Niko? Ghia sou! This is Pericles! I haven't got time to come over today, buddy.
I've been flat out creating a civilisation. Any suggestions? . . .
You can bring it to me? What a good idea! . . .
OK, let me think. Can I have the Souvlaki with the lot. In fact make that two, Îcause I could eat a horse right now.
No horse meat today? Only goat meat? Thatâll be fine.
With extra tsantsiki. I love tsantsiki.
So how long will you be? . . . Thirty minutes? . . . Or it's free? Beautiful! Ghia sou, Niko!
[Hang ups and dials again.]

Eleftherios? Ghia sou!
So how did my fearless warriors go in their battle with the Persians?
We kicked their butts? Beautiful!
And our casualties?

[long pause]


This is terrible news. Eleftherios, this is just terrible.
Such huge losses could destroy the confidence of my people and, consequentially, destroy The Glory Of Athens.
Eleftherios, I have a major crisis on my hands.

[Pericles hangs up and holds his aching head. He then takes the cape off. As soon as the cape comes off, the Pericles character disappears and reverts back to Demi again.

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