Theatre season 2015-2016 comes to its end. An impressive year of hundreds of productions, with more than 1,500 performances only in the city of Athens. Among them many productions of Greek plays (in the broadest sense and with every version and form someone can imagine).
The Athens Festival, after many adventures, with the director Vangelis Theodoropoulos at the helm, prepares itself for its opening while numerous festivals across the country are ready to welcome the audience.
At the same time some important initiatives occur: The successful production of the theatre company ΟΠΕRA The Merchants of Nations Nations by Alexandros Papadiamantis directed by Thodoris Abazis travels to Brazil in order to participate at the international Festival of Bel Horizonte while Clean City by Onassis Cultural Center (directed by Anestis Azas and Prodromos Tsinikoris) just gave a successful performance at Théâtre de la Ville in Paris.
Andreas Flourakis’s play Things you take with you is about to premiere at London's Royal Court on June 9 in a project entitled «The Crossing Plays at the Royal Court Theatre» where our Greek playwright and the Italian Fausto Paravidino strive to explore the impact of the migration crisis in their society and their country through their plays.
Greek plays also travel abroad. Vibrant, and close to the theater, editions Sokoli proceed to publish five Greek plays in England in cooperation with the British publishing house Oberon. Charalampos Giannou, Akis Dimou, Lena Kitsopoulou, Yannis Mavritsakis and Nina Rapi are the playwrights translated for the very first volume hoping that soon others will follow, not only in UK but also in other countries.
A new magazine dedicated to theater (the only one) is released initiated by the veteran and tireless theatre person Yiorgos Hatzidakis. The quarterly magazine "Topos Theatrou" comes 45 years after "Theatrica" magazine, and attempts through authentic testimonies to compose a palimpsest of a major theatre period presenting people, projects and events of the last fifty years in Modern Greek Theater. Of course one can find too articles and reviews, interviews, positions and contradictions. We wish to the new magazine all the best!
Finally, with Melina Papageorgiou we complete the first cycle of presentation of Cypriots playwrights organized in cooperation with the Cyprus Centre of the International Theatre Institute. There are more to come!
And of course, World Tour continues. Next stop: Italy!