La MaMa presents Eclipses Group Theater and Actors Without Borders-ITONY in "The π-Roject" based on The Persians by Aeschylus.
La MaMa presents The Eclipses Group Theater, a performance company working in New York and Greece, in collaboration with Zishan Ugurlu, Artistic Director of Actors Without Borders – ITONY in “The π-Roject”, an innovative performance based on The Persians by Aeschylus, the oldest surviving play of the western world. The π- Roject is part of La MaMa’s 50 years celebration.
In the original play of Aeschylus, the Greeks were the winners of a historic sea battle against the Persians. Aeschylus, an eyewitness of the battle, chose to write the play not from the side of the Greeks, but from the side of the enemy – “the other”. The play is about the loss and decline of a nation and the radical changes that followed, all experienced through the self-examination and criticism that their grief and pain induces.
In present day, Greece is experiencing one of the most difficult times in modern history, a cataclysmic financial war. The Greek nation is in a state of shock, as the financial collapse causes a rapid change in the life of Greek citizens. Unemployment, loss of wealth and immigration are part of the western world's new reality.
As an era ends a new one must begin.
“The π-Roject” will be performed in Greek with English supertitles.
Generously supported by:
Greek Cultural Center of N.Y., Hellenic Kyklos Club (Member of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council), The Hellenic Medical Society of New York, National Hellenic Student Association, Columbia University Hellenic Association, Art Minds.
Translation in modern Greek by Ioanna Katsarou & in English by Chryssanthi Katsarou Ventouratos Directed and Designed by Zishan Ugurlu Performed by Ioanna Katsarou and Dimitris Bozinis
Asst. Director & Production Manager: Sofia Tsekoura
Music by Dimitris Dimitrakopoulos
Live Video by Mirto Ioanna Kassis
Video by Fotis Politis & Ioannis Sochorakis
Light Design by Drew Florida
Associate Light Designer: Jimmy Lawlor
Technical Director: Christos Alexandridis
Art work by Lydia Venieri
Graphic Design by Panagiotis Xanthos
Photographs: Anastassios Mentis