THE LOVE TRIAL by Kiki Dranias
Written under a metaphorical scope of the eight notions of love defined by the Ancient Greeks, THE LOVE TRIAL is when a bunch of love addicts, from a Love Anonymous group, sue a "perfect lover" for what they claim is a reckless approach to loving.
In the form of a fictional love trial, this modern Greek tragedy depicts how a father - the Captain - tries to do right by his late daughter, who took her own life.
In this play, we are all witness, judge and jury to Storge, Philia, Agape, Mania, Pragma, Ludus, Eros and Philautia. Which of the loves gets charged and is the accused guilty?
The play explores themes of love, death, revenge, family dynamics, and mental illness.
Keywords: family, revenge, mental health, revenge, love, addiction, trial, greek, tragedy, greek tragedy, suicide, shizophrenia
Canada Council for the Arts was the primary sponsor for the writing and the production of THE LOVE TRIAL by Kiki Dranias.
THE LOVE TRIAL by Kiki Dranias / directed by Diana Fajrajsl was presented live for seven Equity shows, from Dec 2 – 11, 2021 at Masonic Temple Hall, 1850 Sherbrooke St. West, Montreal. Immersive Theatre.
Genre: Modern Greek Tragedy
Run time: 85 minutes
Suitable for students 16+
Cast size: 8 actors
Male roles: up to 6
Female roles: up to 7
Trans/Non-Binary/Gender Non-Conforming roles: up to 7
- FATHER (The father is a Police Captain)
- DAUGHTER, GODMOTHER & GUARD (one actor evolves for these three roles; part of the story)
- ECHO, MEETING MAESTRO & PRIEST (one actor for these three roles)
- RED & ON-THE-VERGE & TORN (On-the-Verge & Torn are love addicts; they are a split personality that eventually evolves into Red)
- ABSTINENT & JUDGE (Abstinent is a love addict and eventually evolves into the trial’s judge)
- LEAF & DEFENSE ELEFTHERI (Leaf is a drunk that evolves into the trial’s defense attorney)
- PHILO & PROSECUTOR PEISMON (Philo is a drunk that evolves into the trial’s prosecuting attorney)
"The Love Trial focuses on a fun and often poignant exploration of the various ways in which we love, with influences ranging from the Ancient Greeks to contemporary courtroom dramas, and ends on a raucous high, as cathartic as it is hilarious."
- Lynn Kozak, Associate Professor, Department of History and Classical Studies, McGill University
"The poetic language was striking and emotive. The world felt so abstract and fluid, and the theme of love so huge and complex."
- Celine Cardineau, Writer, Arts & Theatre Specialist.