CULTURE

Rondiris’s theater set to open once again in Piraeus

Founded by theater master Dimitris Rondiris 44 years ago, the Piraiko Theater is restructuring and preparing to add a fresh element to the city’s cultural scene. Though Piraeus today enjoys no less than eight municipal theaters, nothing resembles the glorious days of plays staged at the ancient theater; of local productions touring the world, not to mention the fact that Athenians came to the coast to enjoy the variety of performances. Besides, actors such as Katina Paxinou, Aimilios Veakis, Dimitris Rondiris and Vassilis Diamandopoulos originated from Piraeus. The theater’s revival – a play by Grigoris Xenopoulos is already in the works, financed by the municipality and private donations – is due to journalists Dimitris Kapranos and Nikos Sakellaropoulos, director Stefanos Karydakis and actor Periklis Matarangas, founders of the city’s cultural association. At a recent press conference, Rondiris’s daughter, Kostoula, welcomed the project, but also noted that the State has yet to properly honor her father, while no theater carries his celebrated name. Rue des Plaisirs