CULTURE

The Amore’s experimental trials

The shows scheduled for this year at the Amore Theater, one of young theater lovers’ favorite hangouts and a hub for those in search of something new, will be complemented by a new series of experimental performances this month and in May 2003 titled «Trials,» consisting of six plays written by young playwrights, staged by three different new directors and featuring 13 new actors. In a recent interview with Kathimerini, Thomas Moschopoulos, stage director and co-director of the theater (headed by Yiannis Houvardas), explained the logic behind «Trials.» «It all began with the conclusion that our presentations of new plays and artists, year after year, are becoming limited. Neither Yiannis (Houvardas) nor myself are getting any younger. On the other hand, you always have to try new things and see how they work with the audience,» he explained. «It could be a new play staged by an experienced director, or a well-known play staged by a new director. The aim is to establish an experimental character. You give new artists the opportunity to work under fewer restrictions. Depending on its success, a play could also be integrated into the theater’s season program,» he added. The three shows launching the series are: – «The Days Before you Arrived» by Andreas Flourakis, starting tomorrow at the Exostis Stage. It is directed by Yiannis Moschos with sets and costumes by Irene Sarimoutsou, and stars Menelaos Hazarakis, Maria Kallimani, Vassilis Mavrogeorgiou and Sofia Moutidou. The play was commissioned by the Amore Theater «because we saw very interesting samples of Flourakis’s work both at the Amore Theater and Royal Court’s play-writing workshops,» says Moschopoulos. – «Another Spring,» by Serafita Grigoriadou, starting on Sunday at the Foyer, directed by and starring the writer herself, with sets by Panayiota Kokkorou and costumes by Maria Tsasmanidou. The play also stars Haris Angelou, Haris Fleouras, Margarita Loumaki and Dora Stylianesi. – «Winter» by Jon Fosse, starting on October 16 at the Central Stage. «Fosse is very popular in Europe right now. He has a very particular theatrical language and this performance is an effort to see how it will work with the local audience,» explained Moschopoulos. The performance is directed by Vicky Georgiadou, sets and costumes are by Magiou Trikerioti and the cast is led by Lena Kitsopoulou and Akis Vloutis. The Amore Theater can be found at 10 Prigiponison St, Polygono, tel 010.646.8009.