CULTURE

Larissa RMT at Epidaurus

The Regional Municipal Theater of Larissa is the last Greek theater company to perform at the Ancient Theater of Epidaurus this summer, before the official end of the Festival of Ancient Drama with Peter Stein’s «Medea» next weekend. In its second performance at Epidaurus after 11 years, the Larissa Theater will stage Aeschylus’ tragedy «Prometheus Bound» tonight and tomorrow, a performance which bears the signature of acclaimed actor Costas Kazakos, who both directs and plays the leading role. Tragedy deadlock At a recent press conference, Kazakos said that there is a deadlock in ancient Greek drama productions. «Wrong moves and the state’s indifference have resulted in the current situation. That is the reason why everyone has sought new methods to impress without substance, myself included.» Nonetheless, Kazakos took on the responsibility of staging «Prometheus Bound» because he had the backing of the Regional Municipal Theater of Larissa; he could not have pictured himself as producer on top of everything else. He described Aeschylus’ tragedy as the most beautiful text ever written. «There is not one aspect of humanity that the tragedy does not deal with,» he added. «You can never make enough of an effort with these plays,» he said. The remaining leading roles are played by Filareti Komninou, Constantinos Kazakos, Vassilis Kolovos, Dimitris Naziris, Christos Kallow and Katerina Fotiadi. The translation is by Odysseas Nikakis and the sets and costumes by Phaedon Patrikalakis. The choreography is by Angeliki Stellatou, the music by Yuri Stupel and the lights by Nikos Georgakis. The Ancient Theater of Epidaurus is situated near the village of Epidaurus. Tickets can be purchased at the Hellenic Festival box office, 39 Panepistimiou, tel 210.928.2900, as well as the theater box office. For credit card reservations, you may call the same number.