Acclaimed director Lefteris Vogiatzis laid to rest

Hundreds of black-clad artists, friends and fans gathered on Wednesday in Athens’ central cemetery to pay their respects to acclaimed theater director Lefteris Vogiatzis who died last week after a two-year battle with lung cancer. He was 68.

Earlier, his body had been laid on display on his theater’s stage amidst the hay-strewn scenery of Harold Pinter’s “The Hothouse,” the latest play he had been rehearsing. Vogiatzis was dressed in costume and in his hands was placed the program from his production of Sarah Kane’s “Cleansed,” one of his most legendary performances.

Vogiatzis had also been working on a much-anticipated production of Sophocles’ “Oedipus Rex,” that was to have been staged at the ancient theater of Epidaurus this summer.