'Zeus done messed up, man.'
The 2012 film version of DCCWW's 2006 adaptation of Aeschylus 441 BCE war drama, The Persians.
Queen Atossa and the chorus of Persians gather at the grave site of the Late King Darius seeking wisdom in a trying time: the new king Xerxes has led his army in a campaign of conquest which ended in total defeat. Xerxes returns in shame as the chorus beats their chest and tears their hair in agonizing loss.
The Ghost of King Darius himself returns briefly to the land of the living help the Persians make sense of their losses.
Written by Hart middle schoolers in 2006, this production features the middle schoolers of 2012 in the film version. The original writers and performers of the script, are now high school graduates, many of whom still return regularly to DC Creative Writing Workshop, to mentor the new generation.
Part of a year-long film project reviving three favorite plays of DCCWW's first 9 years, when the plays were originally performed exclusively on stage.