A City in a State of Emergency, 2003

4 male - 4 female

Angela Darlasi

A crummy stranger arrives unexpectedly in a quiet, small town (it could be anyplace and anytime). The natives treat him and are captivated by his silent presence. He has his palm tightly clenched, and not even the strongest of men can open it. This man is “keeping” a secret, something that makes him even more charming in their eyes.

However, when the stranger decides to talk about the things that haunt him - memories from his embattled country – the allure will give way to terror, and a never before seen "rain of tears" will begin to fall in the city. The city is declared in a state of emergency and its residents consider the stranger responsible for their impending destruction; his closed palm has turned, in their eyes, into a threatening fist.

Trapped in fear, unable to react to or deal with the new situation and led by the dominant instinct of survival, the locals behave particularly hard, even inhumane towards the stranger.

The play, based on a popular legend with roots in Homer's Odyssey and having a passive society in the background, raises issues of xenophobia, terrorism and terror-lust, and takes place against the absurdity of war.

The play received Commendation in the Playwriting Contest organized by the National Theatre of Northern Greece – 2004.


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