Gorky’s Wife, 1995

3 male, 2 female

Elena Penga

In Gorky’s Wife, Veronica, a young woman from the Balkans lands in Los Angeles as air stewardess and decides to stay there and start a new life totally disconnected from her origins and past.  This play written after the fall of the Wall in Berlin, and by the end of the Cold War, uses American and Russian symbols.  But it also has to do with Greece.  It brings up the question of whether we can start over again.  Can we even invent a fake new identity?  Can we vanish?  This question concerns individual lives but also countries, entire cultures.  How do the dark spots of history, the ghosts of the past, still influence us? 

This play was originally written in English. In 2005 Gorky’s wife was translated in Greek, and was published in a collection of new Greek plays for 2005.  


Woman and Wolf, 2013

4 male – 4 female

Narcissus, 2011

Monologue for one male actor and 15 men volunteers

Phaedra Or Alcestis, 2007

3 male - 4 female

Who are our new friends?, 2006

4 male – 5 female

Nelly’s takes her dog out for a walk, 2003

1 female actress – 2 dancers (1 female and 1 male)

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1 male, 1 female, 1 Go-Go boy, 1 Go-Go girl

3-0-1 TRANSPORTS, 2000

4 male & 4 female

Gorky’s Wife, 1995

3 male, 2 female



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