Athanasios Diakos – The Return, 2012

5 men – 3 women

Lena Kitsopoulou

Athanasios Diakos, the famous hero of the Greek war of independence, who was captured by the Turks and suffered the torture of impalement, saved by a deus ex machine just before his death, travels with a time machine in 2012 Athens, with his wife Kroustalo and opens a grill in downtown Athens. His trusted Kurdish employee, Muhammad, has a secret love affair with Kroustalo and it is revealed that the child she expects in his.

The play is written in fifteen-syllable verse, a very common metric form in Greek, which refers to tradition and the innocence of an era of values and ideals. Dressing this traditional form with modern language, the play speaks of the collapse of values, fascism and lack of heroism in the modern Greek society.

The modern Diakos is complacent, has nowhere to believe, has no reason to fight. He abuses his wife, he is jealous, racist, and at the same time he struggles to live up to the role of the hero that was appointed to him. In the end, his wife is struggling to give birth on her own, while the two men have started a war again. Everyone is alone. The Kurdish, persecuted and stateless, is struggling to fit in and he is eventually deserted by Kroustalo, as he is facing society’s racism. Diakos is diminished to a helpless little man and, as he cannot hold on to any ideal or faith, he commits murder. Kroustalo, being a female force, being a womb, is trying to prevent her child from being born into such a world. 



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