THEATER


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CRIME

“Whatever you write will be misunderstood. People are up in arms,” said a friend with a long-time connection to the National Theater and who feels great pain over what is happening and the swirling rumors that, in the past few days, have been focusing on its drama school.


Greek actor and former director of Greece's National Theatre Dimitris Lignadis enters a car as he leaves prosecutor's office escorted by plain clothes police officers in Athens, Greece, February 21, 2021. [Costas Baltas/Reuters]
JUSTICE

An ongoing child rape investigation against the former artistic director of Greece’s National Theatre is seen widening in the coming days as more people have expressed their intention to come forward with testimonies while judicial authorities have received complaints about three more actors, Kathimerini understands.

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SOCIETY

As reports of sexual harassment proliferate, Culture Minister Lina Mendoni described the former artistic director of the National Theater, Dimitris Lignadis, as a “dangerous man” who “deceived her.”


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IMAGES

With theaters closed due to Covid, actors and audiences must settle for virtual encounters from separate worlds through live-streaming. "You may have a big audience in many parts of Greece, but the silence is disconcerting," says Yiannis Stankoglou, one of four actors currently appearing in live-streamed plays who were interviewed by Kathimerini. "You feel numb when you take a bow and there’s no reaction, but then you get all these messages and realize that people are out there after all," adds Dimitris Mothonaios. For Emily Koliandri, "the silence at the end is a harsh reminder that theater requires a live audience to work." The situation is different when it comes to children’s shows, says Christina Christodoulou, likening the experience to "playing with an imaginary friend."

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WHAT'S ON

“The Sea Between My Soul” is a multisensory rock musical by Raed Yassin, who uses taxidermied animals to commemorate the thousands of people who have perished in the Mediterranean Sea through the ages.



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WHAT'S ON

A romantic drama based on the Shakespeare classic, “This is Not Romeo & Juliet” will be streamed live by the Poreia Theater on Saturday, December 5, starting at 9 p.m. local time.

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WHAT'S ON

Acclaimed theater director, translator and artistic director Dimitris Tarlow will be streaming his much-anticipated production of Sarah Ruhl’s “Eurydice” live from the Poreia Theater on Sunday, December 22, starting at 9 p.m.

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NEWS

Two patients have died of Covid-19 – a drop from Tuesday’s five – and 233 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus from 207 the day before, the Health Ministry announced in its daily bulletin on Wednesday.


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IMAGES

A photo from rehearsals for Aristophanes’ comedy “Lysistrata,” directed by Odysseas Papaspiliopoulos, which makes its premiere Friday evening at the Ancient Theater of Epidaurus. Speaking to Kathimerini, Papaspiliopoulos said that his take on “Lysistrata,” in which the titular character rallies the women of Greece to refuse their men any bedtime action until they negotiate a peaceful end to the Peloponnesian War, “talks about reconciling with the things blocking our way.” The play will be staged through Sunday. Just 4,500 of the usual 10,000 seats are being made available at the theater, in line with coronavirus regulations. [Nikos Kokkalias]

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CULTURE

The ancient theater of Epidaurus, renowned for its acoustics, has reopened for a limited number of open-air performances, with organizers planning a live-streamed event Saturday for the first time in the Greek monument’s 2,300-year history.

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The Greek National Theater is going on tour to different parts of the country with “Wonderful Ruins,” a play inspired by the accounts of foreign travelers to Greece from the 16th to the 19th centuries. The play is a part of the Culture Ministry’s summer program, which comprises 24 different theater, music and art productions. [Ministry of Culture/ANA-MPA]