god, appearing in human form.
CORPSE: a dead
man being carried off to Hades.
ferry man transporting the dead to Hades.
CHORUS OF FROGS
gatekeeper in Hades.
FIRST HOSTESS (PANDOKEUTRIA)
PLUTO: king of
opens on a street leading to Hades, with a door in the
the backstage area. Enter Dionysus, appearing as a
man with a noticeable paunch, wearing a yellow tunic
that a lion skin. Heís carrying a huge club, one commonly
with Hercules. On his feet he wears soft leather lace-up
Behind him comes his slave Xanthias, riding on a donkey and
huge amount of baggage. Xanthias notices the audience]
master, an audience! Shouldnít I speak up?
one of those jokes they always fall for?
rightósay what you like. Only no jokes
youíre dying to piss. I canít stand thoseó
my other jokes?
aheadójust nothing about your bladder,
itís going to burst.
mean I canít tell
funny one . . .
say anything about the bit.
about how you need to shift your load
to take a
ďHere I am
transporting such a load
if I get no
relief I may explode.Ē
please, don't tell them that oneó
Iím sick and need to throw up.
the point of my being here like this?
Why do I
get to carry all the heavy baggage
if I canít
tell the usual porter jokesóyou know,
too, in all their comedies
slave who carries all the bags?