The Dismissal of Greek Envoys

Jan Kochanowski

The Dismissal of Greek Envoys

Our story begins when the envoys demand the return of the Spartan queen Helen who was abducted by Alexander, the Trojan heir to the throne. It ends when the negotiations are finished with no result and there is a war. The climax of the play is the council held by the luminaries of Priam’s court. We witness a heated discussion followed by the king’s decision. The protagonists’ tirades, deliberations, doubts seem contemporary. We recognize the verses which are known in Polish literature.

“You who govern our res publica
And hold justice in your hands
Keep always in mind
That you took God’s place on earth.”

“Oh lawless kingdom close to ruination
Where laws are insignificant and justice
Not known, where things with gold are bought.”

The play is performed in the Old Chamber of Representatives, the place where parliamentary sessions were held in the 16th century Poland.

Adapted and directed by – Jacek Bursztynowicz
Set design – Katarzyna Jarnuszkiewicz

Antenor – Antoni Ostrouch/Sławomir Holland/Grzegorz Gierak
Helen – Monika Markiewicz
Priam – Jacek Pacocha
Alexander – Dariusz Sikorski/Tomasz Gęsikowski
Iketaon – Stanisław Banasiuk/Grzegorz Gierak/Mateusz Banasiuk

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