Nov. 27 - Greek actors take over a subway station and perform a scene from Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' for free. Elly Park reports.
How would you feel about a surprise dose of Shakespeare during your evening commute? Subway passengers in Greece were treated with a guerilla performance of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' as masked actors mingled among crowds at Athens' Syntagma station. The actors are members of the Greek National Theater. The performance is coordinated with the Urban Rail Company, and is meant to cheer up the Greeks, says company representative Despina Politou. SOUNDBITE: Urban Rail Company representative Despina Politou, saying (Greek) "This reminds us that despite the problems we have with the European Union, with everything around us, this is something that characterises us and makes us strong." The country has been struggling with a crushing debt crisis since late 2009 and is proportionately the most heavily indebted country in the Euro zone. But for a brief moment these Greeks found themselves in the enchanting world of Shakespeare, and organizers promise that more free performances are scheduled with the goal to remind Greeks of their strong cultural heritage.