Greek National Theater travels to New York City

The Greek National Theater will be staging five performances in New York, starting tomorrow, of the company’s summer production, Aeschylus’ tragedy «The Persians,» at the City Center Theater, marking the end of the play’s summer tour which kicked off in Delphi and the Ancient Theater of Epidaurus and continued throughout Greece. «The Persians» is directed by Lydia Koniordou, who also stars as Atossa alongside Christos Loulis, who plays the part of Xerxes. The tragedy also features actors Phaedon Kastris, Takis Sakellariou, Apostolis Pelekanos, Dimitris Kanellos, Sampson Fytros, Giorgos Gallos, Giorgos Stamos, Panayiotis Klinis and Yiannis Kranas. The translation is by Nikoletta Frintzila. The sets and costumes were designed by Lili Kendaka and the choreography is by Apostolia Papadamaki. The music is by Takis Farazis. In New York, «The Persians» will be performed in Greek with English supertitles, while shortly before the beginning of the show Lydia Koniordou will participate in a scientific discussion about the tragedy, organized by the Onassis Foundation in New York. Another summer production which will represent Greece abroad is Euripides’ tragedy «Helen.» Directed by Yiannis Margaritis, the Municipal Regional Theater of Thessaly production stars Filareti Komninou in the title role and will be staged on Sunday and Monday in Egypt, at the archaeological site in front of the pyramids, as part of Cairo’s International Festival of Experimental Theater.