"The Cyclops": Mount Aetna (10:57)
This is a staging of the only complete Satyr play to survive antiquity. Translated by Peter D. Arnott into English from the original Greek, Euripides' ludicrous comedy is brought to life with marionettes that preserve the effect of classical masks. In this opening segment, Silenus laments his suffering as a slave to the Cyclops Polyphemus; his children arrive with their flocks. A storm blows Odysseus and his men ashore. Silenus reveals their location and Odysseus offers wine in exchange for food.
"The Cyclops": Polyphemus (12:10)
Silenus gives the men food and tells them to leave. The Cyclops approaches and notices the strangers; Silenus claims they are thieves. Odysseus refutes the lies and argues for their lives; one satyr speaks up in support. The Cyclops orders the men inside the cave.
"The Cyclops": Feast of Human Flesh (07:28)
The Cyclops begins eating the men, but Odysseus escapes. He describes the horrors and asks the satyrs for help. Odysseus plans to stab the Cyclops in the eye with a fiery brand so they can all escape.
"The Cyclops": Drunkenness (09:28)
Cyclops intends to share wine with his brothers, but Silenus and Odysseus convince him to stay home; Odysseus claims his name is No Man. Cyclops and Silenus have a drinking contest and Cyclops mistakes the satyr for Ganymede.
"The Cyclops": Blinding Cyclops (09:00)
Odysseus sets his plan into motion, but the satyrs make excuses not to help. Odysseus and his men shove the poker into the Cyclops' eye. Filled with pride, Odysseus tells the Cyclops his real name.
Credits: Euripides' Cyclops: A Marionette Staging (00:41)
Credits: Euripides' Cyclops: A Marionette Staging
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