Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 1618 for the first time in three years after the tragic death of his wife. The house is packed. As the sky deepens to purple, a dozen actors in heavy costumes file solemnly out of the nearby forest and into the amphitheater. They mount the stage, the crowd is silent, and we begin with eerie tones and visions of suffering. The kingdom of Oedipus, earned by his defeat of the Sphinx, has turned rotten with plague. Someone has done something evil and the gods are angry. Oedipus vows to apply harsh justice, never realizing the evildoer is himself. In a Greek play, there are only a few main actors and they perform in front of a chorus of actors who represent public opinion. Watching this performance, we realized the Greek chorus played a key role in deepening the emotional atmosphere of the play – when nine people tremble, leap in surprise, and lament together, the implications of each actor’s speech are far easier to follow. Although the words were in Greek, the play is easy enough to follow. In this modern version, the chorus sang periodically accompanied by tragic music. The stage, starting as a perfect square, was gradually pulled into pieces by the cast, paralleling the disintegration of Oedipus’ life as he realizes he has killed his own father and married his own mother and that his own actions are the root of the plague destroying his kingdom. By the end he has blinded himself and his face runs with tears of blood. Are his eyes now opened to wisdom? The crowd is nearly all Greek this night and they are in love with this performance. Their country has only 11 million people today. Invaded by multiple empires they have remained distinct and struggled to preserve their ancient culture in a far larger world. Looking down on this small bright stage filled with high art and meaning, I see a torch against the darkened back- drop of the surrounding mountains. Tonight we can feel Greek pride.