Milewska, Monika
Original title: 
13 men and the Choir

King Croesus acts against the divine oracle. This is the reason of his downfall. None of the historical sources describe the final moments of Croesus. The only reason why Milewska’s main character moves among strict structures of a Greek tragedy is to make sense of his death and some events happening before it.

Milewska’s play is well-set in the ancient tradition, full of mythological and historical references. The key to understand this tale is the initial conversation about the nature of happiness between the King and the Philosopher. Having been cursed by Athens’ citizens, Solon claims that only the person who dies can experience true happiness. Nevertheless, the kings and the soldiers are constantly involved in the worldly game of “divine sentences”. Therefore, they would like to get rid of Solon, as he brings too much clarity into the dark labyrinths they live in. The kings want to preserve a once-established order. The philosophers question it.