The very first play extant in the Western tradition is Aeschylus' Persians. What is more remarkable than its date (472 B.C.) is that never since, to our knowledge, has any playwright written with so much sympathy and insight to the suffering that his own country inflicted on an enemy. A mere 8 years before he wrote the play, the playwright himself fought in the decisive battle that devastated the imperialistic Persian army. When this play speaks of war, it is, in every way, with the authority of experience. The pedigree of the play is enhanced even further by the fact that its "producer" (choragos), a citizen honored by the opportunity to underwrite the performance, was none other than Pericles, and this honor is the first public mention of his name on record. We're in great company! Presented by the Pearl Theatre Company. The evening performance on Saturday, January 3rd is at 7:00 PM. There is no afternoon performance on Saturday, January 10th. The opening night performance is on Sunday, January 11th at 7:00 PM. There are no performances on Tuesday, January 27th, Thursday, January 29th, Wednesday, February 4th, or Thursday, February 5th. There is an additional performance on Tuesday, February 4th at 2:00 PM.