CULTURE

In search of a new identity for Greek theater via Stalin

A drama performance with a difference opened recently at the National Theater’s New Theater, as part of the Common View art events organized by the company. «Stalin, a Conversation on Greek Theater» is based on an idea by Akyllas Karazissis and Michail Marmarinos. Both well-known for establishing their own controversial code in theater, the two artists have now joined forces to explore the identity and progress of contemporary Greek theater. In their capacity as playwrights, directors and actors, they meander their way through various fields of action, adopting different means of expression, while using uncompromising methods. Marmarinos in particular has earned a reputation as a «heretic,» with performances like «Romanticism,» «Schliemann Worksite,» «Romeo and Juliet» and his great success «National Hymn.» Such productions, which he has been staging since 1997, require much research and preparation. At the National Theater’s New Theater, the sets are designed by Kenny MacLellan and Marmarinos and the costumes by Katrin Krumbein. The lights are by Yiannis Drakoularakos. Starring alongside Marmarinos and Karazissis are Giorgos Kritharas and Mary, among others. National Theater’s New Theater, 41 Evmolpidon, Gazi, tel 210.345.5020.