Due to the ongoing pandemic, all performance dates are subject to change.
Cezaris Graužinis’ unique take on ancient drama has won over Greek audiences in recent years. In 2020, the Lithuanian director returns to Epidaurus with Sophocles’ Philoctetes, a superb tragedy about the victory of the collective over the individual.
Abandoned in Lemnos after being bitten by a snake, Philoctetes lives in a cave in a semi-feral condition, with Hercules’ bow and arrows still in his possession. Odysseus and Neoptolemus reach the island and try to retrieve the weapons by any means necessary, as these are deemed necessary for winning the Trojan War.
In this tragedy, Sophocles tackles themes such as abandonment, deceit, betrayal and the conflict between duty and personal honour. George Kimoulis portrays the titular character and has also provided the modern Greek translation. The cast includes popular actors such as Vasilis Bisbikis as Odysseus and Dimitris Gotsopoulos as Neoptolemus.
Translated by George Kimoulis
Directed by Cezaris Graužinis
Set and costume design: Vytautas Narbutas
Music: Martynas Bialobžeskis
Lighting design: Alekos Yiannaros
Choreography: Edgen Lame
Co-production: Municipal and Regional Theatre of Agrinio
Cast: George Kimoulis (Philoctetes), Vasilis Bisbikis (Odysseus), Dimitris Gkotsopoulos (Neoptolemus), Dimitris Drosos (Hercules), Panagos Ioakeim (Trader)
As part of the Athens & Epidaurus Festival 2020. Cast: George Kimoulis, Vasilis Bisbikis, Dimitris Gkotsopoulos, Dimitris Drosos, Panagos Ioakeim. Translated by George Kimoulis.
To be announced.