Fantasy to Hollywood
How to perform
your play internationally without funding
Taris was only nine when he fantasised about becoming
an actor, but life got in the way and nothing happened
for nearly forty years. By chance he saw an amateur
theatre play and was so inspired to turn his childhood
fantasy into reality that within six weeks he had
written The Glory of Athens,
a play that he performed twenty-nine times over the
next twelve months – in nine countries, on five
continents – while on a 400-day world tour.
this book, James goes into great detail explaining all
the stages he went through to write, promote, produce
and perform The Glory of Athens,
his debut playwriting effort. It is an inspirational
journey that will be enjoyed by budding writers and
Fantasy to Hollywood
- How to perform your play internationally without funding
The Glory of Athens -
The humour and inspiration of the ancient Greeks (one-man
and 7-actor scripts)
book (Glory of Athens) is a sure therapy for me. I've
been reading it in section to either start my morning
or before hitting the bed. The humour in it is just as
inviting. I am about to replace John Grisham ( The Firm,
A Time to Kill, The Pelican Brief, The Chamber, etc) and
Dan Brown(DaVinci Code, Angels and Demons, etc) to James
Taris as my preferred author/writer in this modern times.
the Lee Strasberg Theatre in Hollywood where I performed my play,
The Glory of Athens, on May 21, 2004.
Glory Of Athens is about the humour in the struggle to overcome adversity
that has six Ancient Greek geniuses come back to life and display the
characteristics which made them so successful. The six characters include
Pericles, Archimedes, Socrates, Demosthenes, Homer and Odysseus. The
play has some hilarious monologues from these characters and Demi, a
modern day accountant, who is burdened with a seemingly impossible task.
The year is 2005, and Athens Inc has chosen Demi to revitalise their
ailing sales force by giving them an inspiring speech leading them into
a new era of sales success. But sales is something Demi has absolutely
no knowledge of and is overwhelmed by this new responsibility.
a desperate bid for help, Demi prays to God, who sends the Ancient Greek
goddess Athena to his aid. She gives Demi a bag of magical items which
enable him to change into each character and go back into time, around
440 BC, when the Parthenon was being built, and see them in action,
though not exactly how he'd imagined them to be. Pericles teaches him
how to tackle problems by soliciting the help of the best minds available.
So when the slaves threaten to strike unless they can get more time
off to watch Greek theatre, he contacts Archimedes (by mobile phone)
to invent the TeleVision for him and then he contacts Rupert Murdochakis
to provide the programs for him. Unfortunately, Pericles' army suffers
huge losses in a recent battle, so he's now confronted with a much bigger
crisis than Demi's . saving the glory of Athens. So the focus then turns
to finding someone to help Pericles solve his seemingly impossible task
. restoring faith to his people by addressing them with a reassuring
is self-centred and obsessed with his own genius, getting excited about
even his smallest achievements. And so determined to succeed that he
avoids bathing, and eating, so he'll have more time for solving his
mathematical and scientific problems. But he can't help Pericles. Socrates
has just been practising his arguing skills with a sock used as a hand-puppet,
toning up his repertoire of clever arguments to confuse his opponents.
He uses much philosophy and wisdom in his monologue but is arrested
by soldiers before he can give Pericles the advice he needs. Demosthenes
is a smooth talker who has overcome a speech impediment by practising
with a mouth full of marbles. But even though he promises to help, he
suddenly loses his voice when choking on one of his marbles. In desperation,
Demi looks in his magic bag for a replacement, and finds Homer. Homer
is very inspiring and he shares, in verse, how, even though blind, he
was able to use persistence and perseverance to realise his dreams.
But he fails to make contact with Pericles. Odysseus is Pericles' last
hope. And when Odysseus finds that Homer is rewriting his story, changing
it from a one year absence to 10 years, he spends most of his time trying
to add encounters with women to these new changes, finally, in a flash
of enlightenment, coming to conclude that we can have eternal glory
by becoming the best we can be.
although each character is placed in ridiculously funny situations,
they are all presented as strong role models for Demi, who gleans a
little from each one on his journey to tackling the problem his company
has burdened him with. And the play builds to a very powerful conclusion,
as we find out if Pericles can save The Glory Of Athens, and if Demi
can solve his own problem too.
? Ghia sou! I told you I’d write. My name is Quentin, we met after
your presentation (great presentation if I may) at the Cegep of Granby
[College near Montreal, Canada]. Just wanted to say, what you did and
what you are doing is marvelous. The way you brought your ideas with
humour, «good» humour as I call it, intelligent humour,
is simply amazing. I’ve been trying to write plays of my own,
and I must say, I never even came close to what you did! I hope everything
is going well for you, mustn’t be that easy to travel the way
you do. But keep it up, I think you shouldn't stop until everyone has
witnessed The Glory Of Athens! ... Quentin, student at Cegep
of Granby (Canada)
more Testimonials, go to The Glory Of
Athens - Testimonials
a powerful message delivered in The Glory Of Athens, and it�s picked
up without reservation by audiences all over the world.
you are determined to become the best you can be, then everything is
the most inspiring aspect of this play is the one-man performance by
James Taris, a living example of his own passion and beliefs, and his
determination to become the best he can be.
James walks onto the stage, he walks out as the whole kit and kaboodle.
As the writer, performer and director of The Glory Of Athens. But it's
even more than that. It's a one-man show in which James Taris is sharing
his life with his audience, through the characters in his play.
IS Demi � the play�s hero, who tackles a major crisis in his life.
He IS Pericles � who�s foremost interest is the welfare of his people.
He IS Archimedes � who is motivated by his own genius.
He IS Socrates � who takes on all-comers with supreme self-confidence.
He IS Demosthenes � who practices his skills vigilantly in order to
He IS Homer � who succeeds through unconditional belief in himself.
He IS Odysseus � who is inspired to do the best he can in his lifetime.
it�s not so surprising that James has been able to learn the 10,000
words in his play, and deliver it confidently in an 80 minute non-stop
solo performance. After all, he's written it in his own words, and he
lives it daily.
what drives James Taris to perform his play to audiences all over the
has seen his life improve dramatically recently, realising childhood
dreams that he always thought would be impossible. And he wants to share
the secret to his success with the rest of the world, so they can also
realise their own dreams.
until 2 years ago,
James was an unknown figure in the international arena of �Who�s Who�.
But since then he�s travelled to 19 countries around the world, and
is now a popular and sought after personality by the media.
Because he�s doing the impossible!
is featured as a modern day Odysseus because he�s on a 400 day world
James is also featured as a pioneer of low-budget travelling, because
he�s travelling around the world without money.
And finally, James is featured as a determined artist and public speaker,
performing his play and giving public speeches all over the world.
why bother going to see The Glory Of Athens?
it�s funny, so you�ll split your sides laughing. Because it�s inspiring,
so you�ll dare to dream again, and in the process, rebuild your confidence
Because you�ll get to meet James Taris ... the Globe-Trotting Odysseus.
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