Theater looks to younger talent and audiences

The theater scene is facing major changes – for the better – as the Athens Festival has broadened its scope to include more venues, numerous up-and-coming artists and there is an obvious push toward enticing younger audiences to the theater. The Epidaurus Festival will make a dynamic start (June 30) with a joint Greek-Turkish production of Aeschylus’ «Persians» that has already received critical acclaim at the Istanbul International Theater Festival, while Michail Marmarinos will stage Euripides’ «Suppliants» along with the Netherlands’ Paul Koek. «The Persians» is also to be staged by Lydia Koniordou on July 14 and 15, while Sotiris Hadzakis also returns to the venue with Aristophanes’ «Thesmophoriazusae,» the same play he put on last year. Giorgos Michailidis is leading the National Theater of Northern Greece in «Iphigenia at Tauris» in a comeback performance for Xanthippi Karathanassi, while the festival will close with Lefteris Voyiatzis and «Antigone.» At the Little Theater of Ancient Epidaurus, Antigone Valakou will be interpreting monologues of great tragic heroines, Stamatis Kraounakis and his Speira-Speira troupe will put on a musical show titled «Chorus Parts 06» and Dionysis Kapsalis and Nikos Xydakis will present a program of female dirges performed by Olia Lazaridou, Lydia Fotopoulou, Aneza Papadopoulou and Eleftheria Arvanitaki. City-dwellers who remain in the capital can see the National Center for Dramatic Arts of Normandy and Eric Lacascade’s take on Gorky’s «Barbarians,» «Othello» directed by Vangelis Theodoropoulos and Berlin’s Schaubune director Thomas Ostermeier staging Ibsen at Pireos 206. The same venue will host the innovative American troupe Wooster Group’s adaptation of «Phaedra,» titled «To You, the Birdie!»