Greek Morning 

Before you'd normally crawl out of bed, Gorilla Theatre Productions will take to the south steps of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (4525 Oak) to put on the oldest surviving Greek tragedy, Aeschylus' The Persians. First performed only eight years after the Greek victory over the Persian Empire — when it picked up first prize in the 472 B.C. City Dionysia drama competition — The Persians is also the only extant Greek play based on contemporary events, namely Persian reaction to the loss at the Battle of Salamis (the island, not the cured meat). In The Persians — not a straight history play but more what we now call "based on a true story" — the Greeks examine the humanity, humility and hubris of their greatest enemies, Xerxes and his father, Darius. The free performances are at 7:30 a.m. today and Sunday. Call 816-510-3372 for more information.— Danny Volin
Sat., July 10, 7:30 a.m.; Sun., July 11, 7:30 a.m., 2010

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