Five movements for one silence: Andante.

N. Lygeros

Translated from the Greek by Evi Charitidou






Anne, John, Luke, Marc, Mathew



On the stage hardly do we see the figures of two persons tied on the chairs. They seem utterly dejected; their heads leaning in misery towards cold floor. Silence. Suddenly, ice-cold water is thrown against them. They recover abruptly. At the same time a bright light is shed on them.



Anne

Is this the end?

John



No, it is the beginning!



Anne



So, this is never going to end.

John



They want us alive... Time.



Anne



What for?



John



If we die, the others will remember us… Time. They want us to forget!

Anne



But how is a genocide forgotten?



John



Some have already done so, and others will do it also.



Anne



It is indecent!



John



There is no need for dignity to be able to live. 



Anne



My God! She leans her head.



John



Straighten up, they are looking at us.



Anne



Our executioners do not intimidate me, it’s our bodies that I am scared of.

John



They want nothing but our spirit!



Anne

Admitting to oblivion… Silence



John



As long as we are here, the others will fight for us.



Anne



We are not alone, then?



John



We are always alone, but the others share the same solitude.



Anne



The humans with the broken wings.



John



They are not entirely broken… Time



Anne



As long as one of us remains alive, oblivion will not win.

John



No, as long as one of us will not consent to the death of memory.

Darkness covers them.





Anne



John! John!



John



I’ m here, beside you.



Anne



Will they hit us again?



John



Yes, but we will resist. Time.  Above all do not open your mouth…



Thuds and hollow noises are heard. Then the second movement of the seventh symphony of Ludwig van Beethoven. Allegretto (Marcia funebre).

Absolute darkness.

At the edge of the stage. Lights off. Three persons are talking to each other low-voiced.



Mathew

Two of our own have been arrested… Silence. Anne and John.





Marc



We have to do everything to set them free.

Luke

Do you know where they are kept?





Mathew



No, not yet…



Marc



They must act quickly.



Luke



They are doing what they can… Don’t be harsh on them…

Mathew



Tomorrow we will know where find them.

Marc



We have to find them alive.

Luke



They will be alive.



Marc



What do you mean?



Mathew



Luke is right, they will definitely be alive.

Marc



Then, I don’t understand...



Luke



Consent... That’s all they want.



Marc



But, consent to what? Time. Truth is known to all.

 Mathew



Known to all and forgotten by most.



Marc



Brainwash…



Luke



Death of memory is their single aim.

Marc



Genocide was not enough for them.



Mathew



No! Time. It had to be forgotten.



Luke



None of us will accept it.

Mathew



Then, we, too, will have to be forgotten.

Marc



So, this is their aim. Time. Removing any trace of memory.

Mathew



It is only in this way that they will pursue their invasion…

Luke



As if people listen only to executioners.



Marc



It is in this way that victims are trapped. Time. We have to find them as soon as possible.



Mathew



This is what we will try to do.



Luke



Give them some time.

Marc



How much time do Anne and John have? 



Mathew



They will endure the strike.



Luke



Yes, I m sure of that…



Marc



How many sacrifices are needed so that memory of the peoples live?

Luke



As long as there are military regimes, we will have to fight.



Mathew



Fight in general indifference…



Marc



And in social isolation.



Luke



It’s the only way to become humans.



Marc



Memory is a piece of humanity in the man.


 








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