NEW YORK. “Alcestis” by Euripides, directed by Elena Mavridou, after its successful presentation as part of the “Transgressions” series of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) in April 2022 and subsequently at the “Choros” Theater and in Thessaloniki, travels to New York and Boston, in a co-production by Generation Y Productions and the Maliotis Cultural Center.
Featuring popular actor Demetrios Lalos (Sasmos, Silent Road) in the role of Admetus, Elena Mavridou as Alcestis, and a cast of equally talented co-stars, such as Sotiris Tsakomidis (Agries Melisses), Giorgos Triantafyllidis (Sasmos), and Dimitra Kouza (Flock of Sheep), the audience will have the opportunity to watch a performance with humor that balances between tragedy and satirical drama and explores the limits of the performing arts, theater, and performance.
The performances of New York will be presented at the Archdiocesan Hellenic Cultural Center/Thespis Theatre (25-02 Newtown Ave, Queens, NY 11102) on Friday, April 21st at 7:30 pm, Saturday, April 22nd at 7:00 pm, and Monday, April 24th at 7:30 pm. On Sunday, April 23rd, the Boston show will be presented at the Maliotis Cultural Center (50 Goddard Ave, Brookline, MA 02445) at 6 pm. English subtitles will be provided for non-Greek-speaking audiences in all performances, with the care of Supertitles.gr, which also handles similar projects in venues such as the Athens Concert Hall and the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus.
“It is very important for us, on the one hand, that we will collaborate for a second consecutive year with Demetrios Lalos, one of the most distinguished Greek actors of his generation, and, on the other hand, that we will give the opportunity to the Greek-American community – and not only – to watch an ancient tragedy in a closed theater in America, under the unique directorial vision of Elena Mavridou and the acting talent of noteworthy Greek actors. We also warmly thank the Maliotis Cultural Center and personally the Director, Chrysoula Kourkountis, without whose assistance it would have been difficult for this production to come to the USA,” said Timoleon Ziogkas, one of the heads of Generation Y Productions.
The performance is under the auspices of the General Consulate of Greece in New York, while the organizers also express their thanks to the Hellenic-American Chamber of Commerce, the businessman Markos Drakotos, and ALMA Bank, who are sponsors of the production. Tickets are available through the Eventbrite platform, for both the three performances in New York (click here) and the one and only performance in Boston (click here).
About the production:
Performing: Elena Mavridou, Demetrios Lalos, Sotiris Tsakomidis, Demetra Kouza, Yorgos Triantafyllidis
Translation: Konstantinos Christomanos
Direction: Elena Mavridou
Original music- Sound design: George Mavridis
Light Design: Pericles Mathiellis
Figure design: Elena Mavridou
Customs design: Nikos Apostolopoulos
Set design: Georgia Bourda (αυτό με ερωτηματικό ως προς τη μετάφραση)
Assistant director: Kyriaki Moulliou
Production Manager: Gianna Al Naka
Press officer & Communication: Maria Tsolaki
Social Media: Danae Gkoutkidou
Poster design: Thomas Papazoglou
Generation Y Productions LLC, in collaboration with Maliotis Cultural Center
Production Coordinator: Zafeiris Haitidis
English Supertitles: Supertitles.gr
Supertitle Operator: Vasiliki Ioannou
God Apollo is punished by Zeus and serves as a mortal to the king of the Pherae, Admetus. In exchange for his hospitality and good behavior, Apollo offers Admetus a privilege for his life: to avoid premature death, as long as someone else takes his place and is sacrificed. Admetus’ wife, Alcestis, offers herself and sacrifices herself so that her husband may live. Alcestis is dead and unburied when unexpectedly Hercules visits the palace. Amidst the heavy atmosphere of the palace, he drinks and revels, unaware of the unpleasant news that Admetus has not revealed to him. A servant of the palace reveals her death, and ashamed, Hercules decides to bring Alcestis back from Death.