The "Suppliants" of Our Post-Tragic Times







The course of human history carries the visible footprints of millions of people who, for various reasons, found themselves displaced. There is no phase in human history that does not carry stories of all these “other” people. This paper has two parts. Τhe first examines Aeschylus’ The Suppliants, the first play in drama history that interweaves issues of otherness, nationality, religion, body politics, love and sexuality, society and individual decision. Τhe second part examines how 21st century artists appropriate this ancient myth in order to discuss similar burning issues of our times, like immigration and uprootedness. Among the contemporary examples used is Peter Sellars’ production of Euripides’ The Children of Hercules and Charles Mee’s Big Love , an adaptation of Aeschylus The Suppliants.