CULTURE

A fresh look at Euripides tragedy

Eighteen months ago, he staged Euripides’ tragedy «The Trojan Women» with the National Theater of Albania. Now, opening tonight, director Vangelis Theodoropoulos presents this work with a new translation, by Pantelis Boukalas, at the Neos Cosmos Theater (7 Antisthenous & Tharypou, Neos Cosmos, tel 210.921.2900). Theodoropoulos says that this production is different from the Albanian one, in the sense that it is in Greek and the actors are different, but he maintains that the concept remains the same. Indoors Some might have doubts about staging one of Euripides’ most popular tragedies at an indoor venue, but the director has pointed out that in Albania, except for one show, it was also performed indoors. He explained that while preparing the production he realized how well suited Euripides was for an indoor venue and decided to cast a fresh look at the play. The tragedy focuses on aspects of immigration and the evils of war, an ever-timely theme. Euripides, in 415 BC, spoke about these issues through the captured women of Troy, who had been made slaves and were preparing to follow their captors, the victorious Greeks, to a new country. Lydia Koniordou plays the leading part of Hecuba. She is joined by Yiannis Tsortsekis, Maria Kallimani, Maria Kitsou, Michalis Economou, Ioanna Kanellopoulou, Amalia Tsekoura, Orestis Tziovas, Dimitra Larentzaki, Emilia Valvi, Irini Tzanetoulakou, Elita Kounadi and the young Michalis Kafousias. The costumes are designed by Angelos Mentis and the music is by Takis Farazis. Angeliki Stellatou is the movement coach. «The Trojan Women» will be staged Wednesdays to Saturdays at 9.15 p.m. as well as Sundays at 7 p.m.