The first Courtesan scene, a classical tale of injustice and revenge – however questioned for its conventional nature – lays out the first and most basic question of the evening:”is this political?”
And the first answer comes … “yes … it’s about power …”
Is it political because what the Courtesan is talking about, or because of their interaction …
Weil’s Iliad: Poem of Might is invoked – the inevitability of terrible suffering behind any display of heroics … a cycle of crime and reprisal …for her, the Iliad is the major work of the Western canon.
Levine: is that message relevant today?
Certainly we see how the political becomes personal –
A question back to the cast: is your own question – “political?” – political? Should we perform this scene, or merely talk about it? Are you talking about the content or the performance itself?
Levine: let’s hold that question until we see another scene …