Prologue - Overture  

THEATER LIGHTS GO DOWN -- Narrator reads the creationist myth of the Lost Days -- as the

‘ night sky’ appears on  the large screen in front of the Curtain  -- dissolving to the title shot

[ Athens&Knossos ] -- as the Overture starts and the Prologue begins to scroll upward from the

bottom -- against map of the Mediterranean world -- setting the historical scenario of Greece and the Island-Empire of Crete in 1400 B.C.] 



The Year is 1405 B.C.
-- The Bronze Age --

The Cretan Empire reigns supreme over the Mediterranean Ocean -- the world's first great sea-going nation -- for the first time linking the vast land empires of Asia with crucial trade surplus and shortage --

Second only to Egypt in world power.

Mainland Greece, at this time, is still undeveloped -- a wide collection of smaller kingdoms -- locked in the Feudal Class system of military overlords ruling over large peasant populations--

Only Athens, under King Aegius, makes progress toward civilized economy and the
rule of law.

But the dream of a unified Greek nation is still years away --

--At the Close of the Bronze Age --

-- facing declining trade with Asia, to the East --- better caravan routes ---- and rising competition from the sea-going Phoenicians, Phrygians, and others --- the Golden Age of Crete is threatened for the first time . .

. on the verge of two possible futures: a policy of long-term trade and development -- or one of conquest and subjugation throughout the Mediterranean world.


Music now fades away as camera appears to zoom in on Athens. 
Narrator now reads last segment
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       “Already with tribute colonies in Iberia, Gaul, and Britannia to the West -- and
       disturbed by the growing economy and coastal trade of Athens to the North --

 

       The Council of Crete has imposed an Imperial Tax on the lands of the Greek

        peninsula -- with a surtax now on the rising young city of Athens:

 

       (curtain now begins to open slowly)

"A demand for payment of athletes to perform in the famous Cretan gladiator sport --

the Bulldance -- the most popular stadium event of its time -- the ancient Spectacle of the Rich -- the Dance of Life over Death."

 

Narrator: “And the Council Edict has arrived in Athens:
Either pay the tax -- or pay the consequences ”.......

[ Shimmering, CHINESE GONG now goes off ]

Scene 1: [Action -- Theseus & Aegius / mid-argument]

 

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from Scene 1: Athens
Aegius: Do you think I’m going to take a gamble like that? -- Everything depends on stability right now --
Theseus: You said everything depended on trust --
Aegius: What do you mean trust?
Theseus: Trust -- in the system -- Trust that if you give something here -- then you get something -- a social contract.. -
Aegius: That has nothing to do with this tax and you know it --
Theseus: Yes it does -- If we pay it, we look like all the other kingdoms -- this could be a turning point !
Aegius: Oh, everything's a turning point with you -- Ever since you got here -- 3 months -- it feels like 3 years --
Theseus: I’ve done everything I’ve been asked -- ever since I got here --
Aegius: I know, that’s the problem -- you do too much --
Theseus: This goes against everything we stand for -- the Craft Guilds-- the Freemasons-- everything in ... the Lost Days -- you agreed --
Aegius: Oh the ‘Theory’..... I told you there are no absolutes, Theseus--
Theseus: But there is  direction -- -- The Value of the Individual ----the closer you move to that -- everything else falls into place --
Aegius: Falls into place --
Theseus: Specialization, Trade, Progress-- --   Driven by opportunity-- --
Aegius: Yes -- “driven” -- [ exasperated ]
Theseus: [louder] ...days of  Balance -- you agreed --
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 from Scene 2: The Bullcourt

Sinjah:

You only train for the commeeshin --

Maice:

The comeesh ---The commission ? -- Well, it only adds up when I train a whole class -- Not just one, single person!

Sinjah:

Then why do you do it!?

Maice:

Well, now -- Maybe I’m starting to wonder myself . . .   Maybe something in those big “valley-blue” eyes - my very stubborn friend, Sinjoe -- (gazing) 

Sinjah:

It is not  SINJOE -- but  SINJAH --!!

Maice:

 ‘ Sin-jah’.... [nicely]

Sinjah:

 (relenting)  . . . “ Mm-Maicedonia” --{ holds out hand shyly, properly }

Maice:

{ takes hand, charmed }  Not Maicedonia -- Maice -- All my friends just-- call me “Maice” [makes sweeping gesture--as to the girls before-- Sinjah notices ]

Sinjah:

And I do not wish to be one of these -- “friends”! -- (pulls hand away)

Maice:

Alright then, I’ll make you a deal -- show me one good escape - and you can practice alone -- away from the others -- and .......... away from me --

Sinjah:

Well --[ off-guard ].. well then good! -- What is the move?

Maice:

 “Hornspin”, close-up, Right to Left --

 

{ Other dancers now enter -- Sinjah notices }

Sinjah:

But I do not want the looking . . . or the laughing -- You must promise!

Maice:

Alright I promise -- no laughing -- just want to see the move -- Right to Left -- (waves off others)

Sinjah:

Right to Left -- (sets up and does move quickly) . . “ And so “--

Maice:

And so’-- -- very graceful . . . very pretty --

Sinjah:

(toss of head)  Thank-you --

Maice:

But you should’ve gone outside-- not inside-- --  with the flow -- fear is your energy --

Sinjah:

And what if I  am not scared! {gesture}

Maice:

Well, you damn well better be { gesture } scared! -- What if you’re caught , between the horns?!

Sinjah:

I do not get caught!  My way is better --

Maice:

Better !?

Sinjah:

Because is faster! -- Why don’t you try it and see!?

Maice:

(pause, then)   Alright I think I will --   Right to left?

Sinjah:

Right to Left --

Maice:

Hmm . . . they keep these horns pretty sharp --

Sinjah:

This I know  - (pointing) . . .  -- and not to go slow  on purpose --

Maice:

Don’t worry -- this is gonna be “real-time” and  (goes now)  Full speed all the way  -In--sah...ah..side---m ! (recoiling dramatically -- Big, breathless gasp)

Sinjah:

Maicedonia?!!

Maice:

Must . . . (gasp) Have gone too fast -- (collapsing realistic--apparent wound ]

Sinjah:

M--Macedonia! -- [bending close]  It is all my fault!  (stands up)  Everyone! Come quick!  Sinjah need help!

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 from Scene 2: The Bullcourt
Perius: From the auction---Six new dancers -- from . . . -- They're from Athens !!--
Maice: The proud city --
Reeba: Tax came to them, too, Maice --
(more tapping is heard)
Perius: And wait -- one of them is -- the Prince --
Reeba: Maice, the nobility -- here --
Maice: Must've been too ambitious for his own good --
Perius: Wait -- there's something else -- they told the ship's captain they wanna stay together -- one group -- they want to dance as a group --
Maice: Typical noble -- wants to keep his own little circle of power --
Perius: The usual treatment, Maice ? --
Maice: Ha -- Even more so -- Let's have a council meeting -- --
(all go to top step-- Maice turns away, thinking --hand to chin)
Reeba: Listen up ! Listen up!
Tarku: We've got news -- Got News --
Reeba:

[ striking pose on very top step ]    GONG  shimmers ...
[Australian accent:]
HEREBY  CALLING to  ‘Council Meeting’ ---
all due Craftsman -- and  Practitioners  of ....the BULL-DAHNCE  !!!
[ athletes 20-30 quickly gathered now below Maice, up on the top step -- general hub-bub ]

Maice: Alright EVERYONE-- ....... 6 new conscripts... but this time a little different.. ..... from the  Proud City of Athens” --
  (others  --general buzz  and reacting to each statement) 
Crowd: BOO! Hah!  The rich city!
Maice: The city that would  rule the whole mainland, if it could --
Reeba: And bring more wars than all the nobles put together ! --
Crowd: BOO!
Maice: "Those who would be ‘Lords -- of your Lords’" --
Crowd: BOO!  Uh-uh!  Think again!  Wrong, Maice!
Maice: And maybe they think it’s like the mainland here -- Where they got one class to own everything -- - [ gesture ]---   and another class to work their fields --- and build their castles --
Crowd: BOO!  Not here!  Wrong!  No Way!
Maice: And the workers get to fight the wars and pay the taxes too --
Crowd: BOO!  (No way, Maice -- ) (Uh-uh) (Hell no)  isolated:  Bull****! (laughter)
Maice: And  they didn’t even think we were worth that --.[ makes small gesture ]  .....and so they send us here.......
Crowd: (low, sullen Reaction) 
Maice: (hand up)  Well we might be prisoners here  for now -- But if we live 6 months -- all the gold we get is ours -- to make our own life -- wherever we want --
Reaction: That’s right! --
Maice: And we don’t  owe  NOTHING -- to  NOBODY -- ANY MORE !!
Crowd: OOHs, YEAs --
Maice: (Maice and friends pointing to one side)  Am I right -- ?
Reaction: That’s right!
Maice: Am I right?
Reaction: That’s right!
Reeba: (hands up)  You . . . are . . .Right! .. ....right...right ... [ like a conductor ]
Crowd: Right, right, right, right! 
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 from Scene 3: Misty Dreams

Ariadne: [echoing in darkness ] “From a grove of myrtle shall the white horse come -- from a grove of myrtle shall the white horse -- the white horse -- From a grove -- of myrtle -- ”
  [Then lights come softly up on Princess, center stage - kneeling with scroll in hand - surrounded by vast number of other scrolls now visible on floor and shelves – as if she’s been rummaging all night --She stops – and speaks very clearly as she reads it intensely:]
  From a grove of myrtle shall the white horse come -- To meet the bull in the land of two peoples -- Who seeks a gift, but brings one greater --In the latter days -- the days of circles -- When the key to the ancient door lies hidden....-- ( She looks up now, repeats :) ... ‘The Ancient Door ‘. .
  (Now turns to altar backstage and approaches-- speaks appealingly to Goddess statue:)
  Tell me what is true, Mother Goddess -- why does my father refuse to see me? Why does he allow his enemies to speak? Why do you send me dreams of a stranger ??
  [Music begins, Ariadne now kneeling]
  Tell me as a child, Mother Goddess -- who is this Northern Prince....

..... and what should he mean to me?
  Song: A Long Way to Athens Track 4 – CD
  Choreo notes: first – elaborate genuflection – leading to lyric section with this ‘pattern’:
[ apparently the song is addressed to the glowng, goddess figurine -- ]
she sings out toward audience, but alternately turns or steps back to the ‘goddess’ figurine on the altar at center back – as if asking for some kind of approval.
[ this may be the only mother she has]
After the last song- lyric she goes back to altar, with genuflect/meditation – and says :
“ Do you send me dreams…. or memories of the Future ? …” then comes up out of this for ‘ballet / dance’ – possibly lighting candles with ‘wand’ all around stage during dance.
Very big, live drums come in toward the end as ‘lit-up’ stage starts to fade.
Ariadne- with the wand - does whirling, Arabic spins to ‘sacred bow’….
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 from Scene 4: The Inner Circle (NOTE: Rhadamanthos abbreviated to Rhadam.)

Setting:

Spot-lights come up on stage -- cheers rising to music as 2, then 2 more ‘associates’ arrive onstage-- each making the ‘pyramid’ rising gesture as the crowd cheers more.  Spot-light center on Rhadamamanthos-- back is to audience, now turning to face them -- impressive, lordly appearance -- long, flowing cape -- dark costume -- “cossack” pants, boots -- “Arabian look” -- gold medallion at the chest.  Now at podium.

Low, deep, “musical” voice -- very statesman-like; conveying inclusive, comrade-like feeling to audience -- as if  they are his political

“inner circle”.  Pattern: as he speaks -- hand  gestures seem to control

musical chords in the background -- evoking a sense of subtle ‘power’.

Melichor: (at podium)  Application for Imperious Speaker -- the Senator-Consul from Iberia -- Ilor -Dante- Rhadamamanthos -- (steps aside)
Rhadam: We deal, gentlemen -- with the inescapable fact of history -- 10% of the people -- controlling 90% of the available wealth.  -- In all the empires of  history, in Egypt -- Persia -- and Troy -- today -- In every case, 10% controlling 90%! 
 

And, I would submit -- if the world’s entire wealth were to be gathered up -- and shared out equally to every man, woman and child -- tomorrow -- [pause] .
And this may be the life ambition of our distinguished emperor .....

[ hearty round of sophisticated laughter ]    But if it were done  -- and we returned in a year .... a month ...... or even a week -- we would find that same formula once again  -- 10% controlling the 90% !!!

And to what factor of Reason ??......
We see the higher place goes not to the most productive people , No -- but to those who can organize -- those who control land and resources. --

And the key to organizing anything -------Is not the offer of  equality for all -- NO, but in status -- In the offer of status! [ pause for effect ]
because people will always care less for society, and more for their own place in it --- and Nations will always care less for the world -- and more for their own status, in the world ...

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from Scene 5: The Bulldance (NOTE: Archimedes abbreviated to Archimed.)
Cassie: We haven’t changed our minds, Theseus --
Samantha: We think it can work --
Archimed: Yes -- But if we close in the bull -- it’s high risk -- he might kill all of us --   not just one --
Theseus: How  do you make  the odds, Archimedes -- for the Closed Circle --
Archime: Hard to say, Theseus -- Short-term, not as good -- Long-term . . it gets better --
Dierdre: Something like politics, Theseus - on the mainland
Cassie/Sam: Oh Yes
Theseus: (to all)  Then it’s a matter of choosing -- short-term or long-term --  the best way to survive --
Ajax: Or even . . . the best way to die --
Archimed: We’d have to have a pledge, Theseus --
Samantha: Life or death --
Deirdre: All or nothing --
Cassie: We’ve already decided, Theseus -- the Closed Circle . . . Ajax?
Ajax: Well -- I’m not saying I’m braver than anyone here -- But -- if I have to die -- I just don’t want to die scared -. . . for myself --  rather be busy....thinking of something else -- . . . or . . . someone else . . .  --  if you know what I mean --
Archimed: I know what you mean --
Deirdre: (bravely)  Me too -- the closed circle . . . brothers and sisters  -- Theseus?
  (Sinjah, upset -- starts to turn away)
Theseus: . . . Brother and Sisters . . .  -- are we all in then . . . Sinjah?
Deirdre: (noticing, goes to comfort)  Sinjah -- ?
Cassie: (going over with Sam, sisterly)  Sinjah, what’s the matter?
Samantha: What’s wrong?
Sinjah: .I.....Do not think ......I am worthy...... to join ...
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from Scene 6: Gift of the Goddess
Ariadne: The land of Crete is a land of two peoples -- There may be help later -- But you need something now -- a gift -- from the Goddess --
Theseus: A gift? ....... and ......what would I give in return?
Ariadne: The gift is only knowledge -- assurance -- that “great” things can be done, even when you feel great weakness and fear -- inside --
Theseus: { covering } And .. uh ........ what would something like that ... have to do with someone like me? [ typical male ]
Ariadne: Everything ! --Because you want great things for your people -- but you don’t think you’re wise enough -- or strong enough -- to do them --
Theseus: [quite put off ] And just how?! [relenting] . . how does one receive this gift ?-
Ariadne: Only by confessing, to the Goddess -- If a man will admit he’s a child in her eyes -- only then can he find his true strength --
Theseus: Just by “confessing” --
Ariadne: Yes -- all your fears, and all your hopes --
Theseus: So . . . if I hoped my people were free of this tax -- and this Empire -- I would just, “confess” that --
Ariadne: Yes -- and she would understand -- the Goddess is against the Bulldance --
Theseus: Against it? And if I had friends, people to help -- would I pray for them too?
Ariadne: Oh yes -- and she would help -- She would reach out --{ stretches out hand }
Theseus: [conclusive now] Oh I’m sure she would just reach out { accusing }, if she know where to look -- [turns to her] ....’little priestess ‘--
Ariadne: What?
[ pace now picking up ]
Theseus: And how many others are here tonight, as witnesses? (looking around)
Ariadne: Witnesses? What are you talking about?
Theseus: You want some kind of confession -- of Treason? How much is the reward?
Ariadne: Reward -- there’s no reward -- There’s no one here -- No one knows I came --
Theseus: Oh Nobody knows? You said you were sent! Did you lie about that?
(steps forward)
Ariadne: I didn’t lie -- . . . The Goddess sent me -- (backs up)
Theseus: I came here because I trusted that message --
Ariadne: .... I Know !!... [urgently apologetic]
Theseus: Then why can’t you tell me who you are?
Ariadne: Because . .. Because I can’t! Stay away --
Theseus: How do you know these THINGS about me? [ advancing again ]
Ariadne: I saw it in your eyes -- I thought you were the stranger -- in the Dream --[looks to stairs, but Theseus turns]
Theseus: What – what dream ? -- what stranger?!!
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from Scene 7: The Supper Hall (NOTE: Archimedes abbreviated to Archimed.)
Ajax: What he’s saying is -- you don’t believe in anything --
Perius:  [ quite resentful ]    Maybe what we believe in...... is ourselves.
Cassie & Sam: Maybe there has to be more -- !
Ajax: More than just YOU
Reeba: Who do you think you -- (cut off)
Ajax: What do you CARE  about? .. for real .. Your friends?
Perius: What do you mean, friends ??
Ajax: What about Justin of Odessa?  Or Linia from Thebes?
Cassie: (concerned -- over the line)  Ajax --
Perius: You better shut your mouth --
Ajax: Don’t see them around here, anymore --
Cassie: (worried)  Ajax!
Ajax: Oh well -- that’s their problem -- some make it, some don’t --
Maice: You better shut him up --
Ajax: Why don’t you try and make me --
Perius: (standing, cleaning table)  Son of a bitch --
Tarku: We’ll shut you up --
Ajax: (clears table and jumps up)  Come on then --
  (Ajax has jumped up on table facing  Perius and Tarku -- Girls screaming in general -- Guys also -- Cassie and Sam shouting “Ajax, No” -- noise -- dishes clearing)
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from Scene 7: The Supper Hall

Reeba: Who needs ‘em, Maice -- or anyone foolish enough to follow them --
Maice: (gets necklace) Damn it--she could have been one of us, but now she’s one of them --
Reeba: (to Boca & Slade) (about necklace)  That’s who the necklace is for --
Tarku: She made her choice, Maice --
Reeba: She’s got nothing to give you ,Maice --
Boca: She’s an Omazon --
Maice: That’s Oma--zin --
Reeba: Some say Omazons don’t even need men !!!  for anything --{ Reactionion---OOH--}  ... if you know what I mean --
Maice: Old Wives Tales!!
Boca: But Maice, don’t you see -- it’s the group mind--
Slade: They’re like  a tribe -- a Cult !!
Perius: They do whatever the leaders tell ‘em !
Tarku: That’s why she joined the Athenians---
Maice: I don’t think so --
Reeba: { taking by the arm } But Maice, they’re not free-thinkers like us --
Slade:  {pleadingly} And they don’t understand choices!!
Clarisse: But how do you--

Reeba
Boca
Slade
:

Shshh !!
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from Scene 8 -- Secret Friends
Maice: . . . Night of Wishes?
Sinjah:

. . the first night of spring -- when the moon is out --  and the stars --

The time to choose a secret friend -- from all the sisters . . .  to be together --

Maice: Together....[ realizing the meaning ]
Sinjah:

But I am the strange one  . . . who only stay in her tent --  the selfish one -- . ... who cannot share secrets . .

To hear them whisper in the night . . . to hear them laughing -   (eyes totally misted now ]...... How they laugh at Sinjah ....

  (Maice silently listening -- makes gesture, but can't find an answer)
Sinjah:   But . . . so  the book says:  "The Bad Seed is easy to tell... like the ‘chaff ’ . . .         ......the one who stand apart -"
Maice: But don’t you see -- it doesn’t mean you were wrong, just that you were different . . . The thing about books of rules -- they’re not made for you, to help you survive, they’re made for the group -- to  make sure the group survives --
Sinjah: And . . . what do you mean --
Maice: I could show you books of rules in Sparta -- so  everyone marches all in line -- to keep others in control . . . and whoever doesn’t join the parade -- they’re made to feel wrong . . . about themselves . . . even if they’re right --
Sinjah: But -- is not the same, Macedonia --
Maice: Yes, it is -- just tell me this -- when you were captured with your sisters -- If you wanted to die - Not them -- Would you have asked them to die with you ?-
Sinjah: . . . No -- I could not --
Maice: How come?
Sinjah: Because . . .
Maice: Why not? --
Sinjah: I could never ask someone to die for a choice I make myself --
Maice: No you wouldn’t -- you couldn’t . . . But what did they ask of you?
Sinjah: (silent Reaction -- thinking)
Maice: And tell me this -- when you joined the Athenians . . . Was it because they could keep you alive?
Sinjah: We . . . could not be sure -- if it would work --
Maice: Then why did you join?
Sinjah: Because --
Maice: (pressing)  Why?
Sinjah: Because . . . because they say they need me --
Maice:

(conclusive)  Because they needed you -- and you’re always getting hurt for them (points to injured  leg) -- Doesn’t sound very selfish -- 

And in your whole life I don’t think you’ve ever taken more than you’ve given -- And all I’m saying is . . . what’s wrong with that?

Sinjah: (solemn, doubtful)  You make it all sound so simple --
Maice: But why can’t it be? -- As long as you don’t take more than you give -- then how can anyone say you’re wrong?  And why should you  feel wrong -- ?
Sinjah: You mean -- as long as one is . . .  “fair” --
Maice: Yes -- Fair -- that’s the word -- Don’t you see .. there has to be a place.... a safe place ..  ......in yourself --- where nobody can accuse you --

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


from Scene 8 -- Secret Friends
Sinjah: My own reasons ? [ looking over - obviously thinking --reappraising ]
..Macedoniadonia .......[looks again-- ‘goes out on a limb’]
.. I ……...there is another time....... I do not tell you --
Maice: (looking up, quietly) Another time?
  [ soft music rises here, theme for “the Burros”-- lights change]
Sinjah: (very gentle, warm) . . The time . . . I take the horses -- to the high ground –
  in the spring . . when I see the ‘buuh-rros’ come to the secret valley --
Maice: The ... bur-ros? (straight pronunciation -- no roll)
Sinjah: The “Buh--rros”... (rolling r’s -- pursing lips) .......He is like a little horse -- But there is not a stallion . . (gesturing) . .always in pairs -- A boy and a girl --
Maice: (charmed) I see . . .
Sinjah: And so I watch them on their valley meadow – And to wonder . .
  what would be this? -- Someone to walk with .... to smell the flowers...--
.... Someone to be mad with ...
  [slight, scolding glance in his direction -- Maice smiles to himself]
  .............. and to make me laugh --
  Someone to “share” . . . “Secrets” -- (very subtle -- “Secrets” gesture }
Maice: (carefully choosing the words) Well . . . it sounds like a place you couldn’t show just anyone . . . only someone . . very special.... (cautiously) . .
Sinjah: Yes, very special----
Maice: Like---- A secret friend? . . . --
Sinjah: . . . Yes, only that ..
Maice: (standing now-- advances) Well I wonder . . . if, there were, two travelers on separate roads . . but they could see a place ... ahead ... (gesture) where the roads joined -- like, in a ‘valley ‘--
Sinjah: . . . Yes? . . .
Maice: Could they become . . . Secret friends . . . ?
Sinjah: If they were very sure . . .
Maice: Yes . . . so . . . maybe -- they would give a promise -- or a necklace?
[ takes out ‘the necklace’ -- from previous scene -- ready to present it ]
Sinjah: But so is written: The one to break the first promise -- also the one to break the last -- In the time when the others laughed . . . so you were laughing as well --
[ Sinjah turns away from him now ]
Maice: But sometimes you break a promise without meaning to . . . and sometimes, you can be so sure of something -- it only makes you scared of losing it --
[quieter] ..When the You ....... becomes greater than .... the Me ....
[ Sinjah now turns to face him -- looks in his eyes ]
Sinjah: When the you becomes greater than .....??
Maice: Hope you’re not -- “scared of me” that way-- -- (tries to smooth her hair)
Sinjah: (gesture to break away) ...I am not ‘scared’ of you, Maicedonia -- (sharply disagreeing)..... Only of a promise to be broken --
Maice: Well, then I’d have to think of something strong -- that can’t be broken ---
Sinjah: (school-girlish, walking away) Well then that is what you should do -- and I do not lis-ten until you are ready --
Maice: Well, alright -- Hope I can think of one today -- [starts to stage right]
Sinjah: I think you will -- [pert smile-- goes to sit on bench]
[ MUSIC BEGINS HERE ]
Maice: Just have to go to my own space, and . . . think my thoughts --
Sinjah: (looking away) I cannot hear you . . . Maicedonia... (on bench -‘ waiting’]
[ Maice acknowledges -- smiling-- goes to stage right ]

Song: “Scared of Me” Track 9 - CD
Music starts -- each on opposite sides of stage ... Maice singing reflectively -- sometimes gesturing -- looking over -- Sinjah, on the bench-- sometimes appearing to listen -- other times looking away -- ‘ignoring’-- like a bride properly awaiting the right overture --at the mid-point of the song she rises gracefully to ‘challenge’ his lyrics -- hands coquettishly behind back, -- Maice turns -- ready to continue ‘the game’.....
DIALOGUE: Mid-point In Song:
Sinjah: Maicedonia--I would wish to share a thought--
Maice: Why yes, lovely one---
Sinjah: That you have never had a secret friend..... So you are just as scared..!!
Maice: Then shall we put it to a test ? The first to move away ?!
Sinjah: The first---
{ circling dance begins -- ‘ horses in a field’ --then DURING: }
You moved, Maicedonia--!
Maice: No more than you--
Sinjah: And so... ?
[ both walk away, backs to each other -- but Sinjah turns back to surprise him, but he turns]
[Sinjah freezes – then runs]
Maice: And so, who’s running away now?!!
Sinjah: And so... who is the one to follow?!! [ gracefully eludes him ]
Maice: And so ?
Sinjah: And so ??
Maice: And so ? .............. [face to face now ]
Sinjah: And so ? [gently walking him back - hand at his chest, ending in push- away]
Maice: [lyric, return to song]
“ And you know it’s true ....”
{ SONG and finishing choreography – ending with face to face/ reciprocal kneel ]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Scene 9 -- Winds of Rebellion
Ariadne: We can’t be sure -- you couldn't approach any one directly --
Theseus: But maybe indirectly -- just tell me this:  How do they feel about things -- What do they want for the future?
Ariadne: (starting to focus)  The future?  I don't really think they'd be doing it for the future -- if anything . . . they'd be doing it for the past -- 
Theseus: (intense, but perplexed here)  The past?
Ariadne: Well the Santoristo - it’s the oldest part of the island -- they prefer the old ways  -- the days before "Empire" . . .
Theseus: Before Empire? . . .
Ariadne: Well, everything was simpler then . . . wealth depended on, what you made ....... what you built or what you grew -- What you did . . . to make life better for everyone else -- There’s a word from the early scrolls -- "Er-moni’a" --
Theseus: Er-moni’a?
Ariadne: It means harmony -- [gesture] .."connected" -- -- but later on -- the word disappears -- .... you see  BEFORE .... it was all based on ... what we could give each other --- but  NOW..... it’s all ..... what we can take from each other .... (searching)  People don't understand -- "the Economy" -- how it's supposed to work --
Theseus: Only a few people do -- those at the top --
Ariadne:

(affirming)  Yes . . . that's why it's different now --  everything is status -- "influence" -- . . . now -- knowing the law, is better than -- "following it" -- . .  and people who make weapons are richer than farmers or craftsmen --

 (passionate now)  And they say we have to go to war to keep our wealth -??-------  In order to Grow -- We have to destroy -- And it doesn’t make any sense --  (reaching a peak)  and that's why the rebels would fight -- to get their country back -- what they understand ! --

Theseus: (absorbing, paraphrasing)  A simpler time . . . when it seemed . . . everyone had -- something of. . . “value” to give -- And the world . . . was richer because of it -- ?
Ariadne: Yes . . that’s it ... that's what we've lost --
Theseus:  Then I understand -- I know what they want --(Toll of Bell } I have to go --
Ariadne: Oh Theseus -- If only I could go with you --
Theseus: { kiss on her forehead } Wish me luck -- (turns to go)
Ariadne: (calling after)  I wish you more than luck, Theseus -- I wish you life -- Be careful, Theseus -- Be careful .....    (exit to down-stage darkness-- out of sight )
  (Curtain now opening on The Banquet-- Lights Up )
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from Scene10: The Banquet  (NOTE: Rhadamanthos abbreviated to Rhadam.)

Rhadam: Power can only flow in one direction --- to have effect --
Melichor: Order occurs from the top --- down -- throughout history -
Rhadam: Within nations ... and between nations ...
   [ assent by others ] --    
Theseus: ... Yes... in the short term ...... but only for a short time.....    
Exeter: [ angry ]  So what then is your answer ?? [ Reaction ]
Lady: What an insolent young man !--
Melichor: [ pressing ]   What is the Shape of Order ??
Theseus: Power should flow from the outside - to the center -- and back again !--
Exeter: Answer the question !!
Theseus: Those on the edge -- included within ... [gesture]
Exeter: [very loud] Then what IS the Shape of Order ?? [ assenting Reaction ]
Theseus:  [ over them ] The Shape of Social Order -- is like a Circle.... A Great Wheel --- ...... Driven by opportunity !! -- [ turning now, sweeping gesture ]
  [ loud, protesting Reaction -- general hub-bub-- specific comments, charges: ]
Exeter: Preposterous-- where is the evidence ?!
Arragon: Nowhere in history --
Theseus: I believe there was a time --
Melichor: Utterly ridiculous --  [ rising hub-bub from the others ]
Solomaine: Obvious propaganda !
Exeter: He must think us all peasants here, Consul--
Rhadam: [ raising hand for quiet ]   Yes, yes-- Gentlemen,  I quite agree-- listen to the words : ‘driven by opportunity’ ... And by Ambition !! --  [ starting to pace]   No doubt this ..’ theory’ of his would play very well -- with  the peasant populations of the Mainland --  maybe enough to unify .. a Country ?? [ to Theseus ]
Theseus: That ...would be our hope --
Rhadam: Well, .......and what then, Theseus, if you succeed .... what next for this ... strong, new, Northern country ??....
Theseus: We seek only ... fair trade ...in a World .. of Balance....--
Rhadam: Balance??
Exeter: Balance-- there's that term again---
Melichor: They would balance us right out of the Asian Trade ! -- [ reaction ]
Rhadam: [ orchestrating now ] Yes, gentlemen.... and I seem to sense... another..
Grand Circle forming -- perhaps--- a Circle of Nations, Theseus ??
Theseus: If it were possible-- yes... we would support that--
Rhadam: Well, what a great relief it is to hear you say that ... [ sophisticated laughter ]
And would there be no conflicts of interest here ?- No possibility of war ??
Theseus: --- Only to safeguard the circle --
Rhadam: I see .... And - what about Racial--Regional--Religous differences --
would they all just disappear ??
Theseus: There would always be differences, Yes---- But overall one
common, guiding principle-- above all others--- a Higher Law--
Exeter: A Higher Law?? [ reaction others ]
Rhadam: And just what would this ' Higher Law ' be ??
Theseus: The Highest Law... .. is the Value of People ....common people..
[ very serious now ] Every nation ... every person.....
.. every.... single ....LIFE !-- [ silent reaction ] [ turns to audience, two-hand gesture ] ..... BELIEF !!
PAUSE< THEN SIMULTANEOUS CHORUS OF LAUGHTER FROM ALL Shifting to specific comments, accusations and demands --- :
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from Scene 11 -- Village Children

Perius: In less than a month we’ll have our gold -- and freedom !--
Tarku: Then we’re gonna run a ship-- off the Levantine coast--
Boca: But we already told you -- we’re gonna have a silk shop in Babylon --
Tarku: Right -- that’s all part of the plan – we’re your suppliers !--
Slade: O-o-h -- suppliers
Perius: Sometimes we stay with you[outward gesture]
Tarku: Sometimes you come with us –[sincere, inclusive gesture]
Boca: [quickly conferring to Slade] Well that does sound rather acceptable –
Slade: Yes, and we would get a lot of traveling in – more than we –[cut off]
Reeba: [harsh, breaking in] You don’t know anything about running a ship --!!
Perius: Doesn’t matter, we can learn -- Maice said if you believe in yourself, [cut-off]
Reeba: You only believe in yourselves when he’s around -- same as us !!
Tarku: He said he would wait for us --
Reeba: He’ll be waiting alright -- for Her -- not us !
Perius: He never said that, Reeba --
Reeba: He doesn’t have to --
Tarku: [flustered at this] You --You’re wrong, Reeba --!
Perius: [ to Boca and Slade] We have to go -- something in the catacombs --
the Athenians -- Maice said to keep an eye out --
Slade: [subdued] See you at kurfew -- [all four touch hands here]
Perius: Kurfew ---
Tarku: [still upset, jaw clenched] You’re wrong, Reeba !
[ Perius and Tarku exiting]
Boca: [scolding] Why do you talk like that Reeba ?!
Slade: You know how it’s been for them .... and us --
Reeba: [regretful now, looks down] ....… I know .......
[background music starts here]
[ light theme music starts here / oboe/strings –mood ]
Boca: If we were home -- we would have been betrothed this year ---
Slade: Late summer .... just before the village harvest ---
Boca: ‘Autumn Signs’ ....
Slade: ‘ Demeter’s Moon’ ..... [nostalgic]
Reba: You know we can never go back..... after they sent us here ....
Boca: Then where, Reeba --- ?
Slade: Where do we go ??
Reeba: Don’t you see ... everything would have been different if not for Her ...
.... I mean ..... if ..... if he were mine ...
Boca: .... Or even -- if he were mine --- [insistent]
Slade: [more insistent] Or mine !
Reeba: [quietly] ......... I know ...
Song:  If You Were Mine
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from Scene 12 -- Dark Meetings

Archimedes: She’s still in the house of healing -- It’s her leg again --
Cassie: But she gets out tomorrow --
Sam: And she’ll be with us --
Deirdre: We’re sure --
Theseus: Alright -- the Rebels have the Militia -- but everything depends on the diversion . . . and surprise -- They pick the day and the time --
Archimedes: It has to be before Kurfew --
Theseus: They need us to open the city gates --. But we’d have to beat the Palace Guard -- What about weapons?
Archimedes: Copper, Theseus -- from the old storerooms --
Deirdre: We can hide ‘em in the Supper Hall --
Ajax: They’ll be enough -- with all the team dancers; that’s almost a hundred --
Theseus: Palace guard is 300 --
Ajax: (quickly) But we won’t run into all of them --
Theseus: Maybe not . . . But our chances would be better -- maybe double if ...
[ takes a breath ] if we had Maice and the others --
Ajax: There’s no-o WAY !!
Archimedes: They’d never support us, Theseus --
Ajax: We couldn’t trust him!
Cassie: Maybe there’s a chance --
Ajax: What chance!?
Sam: Well, because we think Sinjah . . . and Maice --
Cassie: We just think------
Ajax: Yes ???
Deirdre: We think . . . maybe . . . they’re in love --
Ajax: What !? You’re – you’re crazy! (pacing now)
Sam: That’s why she always stays so late in the far practice court --
Deirdre: She’s waiting for him!
Ajax: (pointing) I don’t believe it -- I’ve never seen them together --
Archimedes: (analyzing) Omazon custom -- never show affection in public --
Cassie: And we think he’s been helping her -- how to train the vaulters --
Archimedes: That would explain how she does it so fast --
Cassie: Remember how nervous she was at first --
Deirdre: But she settled down after -- I wonder if --
Ajax: I’m telling you I’m against this!
Cassie: We think there’s a chance --
Deirdre: Maybe -- if Sinjah asked him -- (looks at Archimedes)
Archimedes: Maybe --
Ajax: No way on earth!
Theseus: Alright .[ to Ajax ] . . we leave it at maybe, for now --
Cassie: Theseus, we called a meeting of the team leaders -- tonight --
Sam: Down in the catacombs --
Deirdre: Just the leaders --
Theseus: After I see the princess -- I’ll be there --
Archimedes: Theseus -- we know the plan is high risk --
Deirdre: What do you think we should tell them --
Cassie: About the future?
Theseus: (pause) We tell them ... the future -- . . . the future is Now! ..”Athens”---
  [All point to each other as exiting opposite sides -- lights go down]
Others: Athens---!
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from Scene 13 -- Slowdown

Perius: Then we turn HIM in -- him and the Athenians ! --
Maice: We’re not doin’ that either –
Tarku: [ pent up emotions now coming out]
Maice, we don’t even know where YOU’RE GOING after this !!
Reeba: He’s right, Maice – you NEVER talk about it !!
[ Others react to outburst – tension – hands on belts – looking away]
Perius: [lower] It’s true, Maice ….
Maice: [ surprised, needs a breath here ] …Listen ….. I’m not abandoning anyone-- [looks around at all – not meeting his gaze] .. Do you understand me ??
…. Tarku ? ..
Tarku: [looks up,very upset - pointing] … I’m sick of being someone who doesn’t
matter – Maice !! [ chokes on last word – turning away]
Perius: [sees the emotion ] …Tark ---
Reeba: [concerned – big sister ] …hold on, Sport –
Tarku: [turned away – muffled] …. bloody hell ..
  [ R-B_S step toward, but Maice holds up hand – knows it’s up to him]
Maice: [searching – tight voice] …well ……..well you matter to me…I ...
[ looks at the others] …always …[out of words now- head goes down]..
….. that’s all I know…… [ Tarku half glances back]
Others – maybe realizing they’re older now – seeing him at his limit for first time
R-B-S: [sympathetic reaction] …’ Maice ‘ –
Perius: Well…alright, Maice….[looks at the others]
Tarku: Bloody hell, Maice !
All converge now around him – fists to center-
Maice: together ? …
ALL: Together – [ fists altogether down and up to finish]
Reeba: Make the call, Maice -- what do we do about this ??
[ all coming forward now – Maice thinking- anticipation]
Maice: What do we do ? – … what we do is …we go with what we know ---
what we’ve always known …
Perius: What do you mean, Maice ?
Maice: Simple -- we’re gonna put out a warning -- to everyone at the meeting -
{ looks out over audience—gestures across—as if addressing them}

- Everyone out there-- that they’re only being used---just like always---
(Others perk up now again -- Yeah – that’s right -- you know that’s right ]
Maice: So he says he’s got a fast ship, sun in the sky, all the way home -- . . . but they better think about it first --
Perius: (demonstrative) Better watch it, Vade --
Reeba: Better step back,Vade---
Boca: ‘Cause you’re gonna lose --
Slade: You’re gonna fall
Maice: So you better just -- slowdown --
  (Music starts:)
Song: Slowdown
  High energy dance number -- Maice sings stage left or center -- Others formed out on stage right -- Song ends with eerie, descending stillness -- Conversation ensues:

All of them still in their final formation , facing audience, staring ahead --

Perius: Maice, the ones at the meeting , I remember now
-- they were the team leaders –
[ low strings in background --alternating ]
Tarku: From the ones they trained -- that’s over half the bullcourt now -- a hundred or more --
Reeba: (poignant) Maice, that’s definitely going to affect us --
(Maice turns head to each, but doesn’t answer --)
Perius: Maice --if it’s that big, --
Tarku: She’s gotta be part of it -- She’s one of them ! --
Maice: (Long pause -- hands clench and unclench -- tight controlled voice:)
We’ll find out tonight --
Lights go down – low strings rise and fading out
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from Scene 14 -- The Ancient Door

Theseus:

No, there’s still time [embracing, but sobbing Ariadne breaks away, exits]
..... We’ve still got time .... [ calling after her ]
[ Huge shimmering GONG  now sounds as curtain opens on the ‘Chamber of the King’--dark-blue lighting, misty fog -- Minos visible on raised platform wearing Taurean Crown --  torches and ‘sentinel guard’ on each side ]

Minos: Return for these orders -- when the moon is past its peak . . .
  (guards, hands to chest -- exiting with the scroll-orders in hand)
Theseus: (hand to chest)  . . . "Imperator" --
Minos: You may approach, Theseus -- The mask you see is not meant to intimidate -- but the creeping disease . . . can be far less forgiving -- A gift, shall we say -- from the opposition --
Theseus: Your daughter told me --
Minos: The enemy controls the port cities and all of the west -- in the great game unfolding --
Theseus: Yes, sire -- and yet all of it could have been avoided - all of it - if not for one man --
Minos:  No, Theseus -- no  leader leads by his own will -- but only by capturing  what people already feel -- already want -- and what they want -- is More --
Theseus: More?
Minos: Yes, more than each other, more than other countries --Simply More -- and the fear of having less -- there are forces at work here --
Theseus: Forces?  Forces of greed, jealousy, arrogance -- All the forces of evil --
Minos: (over-ruling) NO, Theseus-- There are but two forces in this world -- only two -- The one fueled by hope and the other by fear --  And though you think of them as good and evil -- virtue and greed -- Yet both are real -- both will always be -- . . . "Give" and "Take" --
Theseus: (off-balance)  Give and take? --
Minos: For every person may may give -- But every person must take-- in order  to live -- while there is compassion, and love -- there is the need to survive -- Two forces, Theseus -- and the key to the Ancient Door -- It is the balance between them --
Theseus: The Ancient Door?  Then it’s up to every person --every country--to seek out that balance -- whatever it takes --
Minos: Yes, Theseus -- but balance -- Real balance-- we can only see it  . . . behind us -- Only in a memory ......
  -- Only in those . . . points on the Pendulum where Give and Take equal happiness, only there......  But there is no formula -- none that we can hold -- For the key to the Ancient Door ---- does not lie in this World --
Theseus: (subdued now, pause -- unarguable)  Your daughter spoke of a plan, sire -- A final plan -- for the revolution --
  (music starts here)
Minos:: All in good time, Theseus----
Theseus:: I was like you once, -- You see the world -- through a young man’s eyes -- (stands up)  So you must listen to me -- (Theseus kneels-- stage left)
Song:  The King with No Kingdom:
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from Scene 15 -- The Night of Wishes
 
  (Long shadow of Theseus falls across stage now, Maice turns to face:)
Theseus: Well, I wasn't sure you'd come --
Maice: ( barely constrained)  I’ve heard all I want to hear --
Theseus: Sometimes it pays, to hear a little more...-
Maice: And just why would you say that? --
Theseus: Once I traveled near  Sparta -- I heard of a student a student in the city -- young swordsman -- He  could beat all of the teachers and all of the masters --- and all the village children said oh yes, greatest athlete the city’s ever seen -- Wish I could have stayed to hear more --
Maice: And so ?
Theseus: So now the time and place are different, but still they say: ‘greatest athlete the city’s ever [cut-off] --
Maice:

 { interrupting]  Well, maybe you should’ve stayed --  they would’ve told you he was no good -- to the city or anyone else --  that he followed his own music, not -- somebody else’s drum -------
I don’t want her in that stadium tomorrow --  I take her place !!--

Theseus: (pause)  Maybe -- could be arranged -- for tomorrow --
Maice: And as long as it takes --
Theseus: And what if I told you it doesn’t matter after tomorrow -- When the new order comes, everything they promised’ll be swept away -- And when they come to the mainland, worse than all the nobles put together, for all of us -
Maice:: All of us?  And what do you know about us? You and your kind -- ‘Leaders’-- You’d say anything to get what you want --
Theseus: What do you  mean?
Maice: [bitter, sarcastic]  Every couple of years -- “Save our country", “ Save our people”-- for what?  To  see which one of you lives in the castle -- That’s all --   (renewed)  And no proof but your own guarantee.  Well, who are you to ask? -- In fact, who the hell do you think you are?
Theseus: Who do I have to be?  By the time I had proof it’d be too late.  (passionate)  I'm telling you we need you.  And oh yes, -- Everbody's free to make their own choices in this world --
Maice: You’re damn right they are ! ..
Theseus: But if the right people don’t step up at the right time,  then there’s nothing worth having---  and I think you know that better than anyone ----
Maice: [ silent Reaction ... turns away ]
Theseus: So maybe you’re not even asking who I am -- not really -- (gets sword)  Maybe the real question is ---  Who --   (throws sword)  .... are you?!
Maice: (catches sword, but indignant) You can go to hell!
Theseus: (walking away, cape flowing)  I know what I believe --
Maice:   Oh, don't put that on me --  (gesturing with sword)
Theseus: (cool, crisp)  I need an answer by tomorrow night (exiting)
Maice:  You’ve already got one --you hear me !?--- You’ve already got one !!--
  (Lights go down -- Maice still has sword, then ----at centerstage . .)
SongMy Friends in Sparta

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from Scene 17 -- The Battle
Theseus: The Princess ? What about the Rebels?
Archimedes: They couldn’t wait --
Ajax: We’ve been getting reports over the pipes all day -- There’s a large force coming up from the middle valley -- headed for the city --
Theseus: Then somebody’s got to open the gates -- (trying to rise up)
Ajax: (holds gently) Can’t, Theseus -- We’re locked in -- they must’ve known we’re involved -- from their spies -- All the doors are sealed --
Cassie: The whole garrison’s up on the walls -- waiting for the rebels --
Theseus: But with no one to open the gates -- they won’t have a chance -- they’ll be slaughtered . . . (friends heads go down) -- and then they’ll come for us -- .........looking for conspirators --
( friends have attitude that they’ve already accepted situation-- but sympathetic to him )
Ajax: They said they’re gonna hold public trials --
Cassie: Promising a lifetime of gold to anyone who testifies -- against the rest --
Sam: Trying to split us up --
Perius: But it won’t work --
Tarku: .... Because it’s not enough --
Theseus: Not enough?
Boca: We’re worth more than that --
Slade: More than gold --
Reeba: All of us --
Perius: Right down to the last man --
Theseus: (ominous) The last man -- ??
Boca: And that’s what they’ll have to remember --
Slade: Whoever comes here --
Perius: Only one regret, Theseus -- I would’ve liked to see your city --
(Maice’s friends now proceed to backstage darkness)
Cassie: We gave out all the copper weapons, Theseus --
Sam: The ones in the catacombs --
Ajax: And we can jam the doors when they come, Theseus -- to slow them down -- So it’ll cost them, Theseus -- Cost them alot---
(now withdraws after hand to shoulder)
(now audience can hear banging of chisel bar)
Archimedes: Progress on the main door, Theseus --
Theseus: The Main door?
Archimedes: We‘ve chiseled out 3” so far -- since morning --
Theseus: (still in shock) 3”? . . . Out of how much?
Archimedes: 36 -- But Ajax has a theory -- Sometimes you hit a place in the stone -- where all the different veins come together -- and everything shatters -- everything falls apart ....... Do you think he could be right for once ?
Theseus: (devastated, very poignant) Yes . . . Yes, I think he could be .....
Archimedes Ha --I knew you’d say that ...uh ... don’t ever change, Theseus....[ironic]
[ DEEP LOW CHORDS can now be heard for upcoming SONG ]
Cassie: Theseus, Deirdre made up a final prayer for everybody ..... for the battle ......whenever you’re ready --
  (Now the lights change -- Theseus slumps to kneel, head resting on one knee -- lights off of Theseus but now come up behind him -- Misty Blue-ish glow on all dancers 40-50 -- arranged like “tabernacle choir”on platform steps leading to the large Stone ‘Kurfew Door’ at center top.
  Deirdre clearly visible at lower front-- like ‘choir-director’ -- back to audience --- strikes pose --raises hands dramatically with the Indo-European phrase:

“ MANNA-BAE .... NEDT-ZEA .. [then translated]: .. “ JOIN HANDS” ....
  ALL Dancers join hands-- as MUSIC CHORDS rise -- but Deirdre stops -- pauses -- and repeats request with a wide, inclusive gesture --
then turns back as “CHOIR” repeats the climbing chant- lyrics to peak of SONG –

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