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Popular actor Odysseas Papaspiliopoulos ventures his first directorial attempts in an Aristophanes comedy at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus. Lysistrata was written in 411 BC, at a time when the Athenian city-state was at a critical point, in the midst of the Peloponnesian War. Following the disastrous Sicilian Expedition, Alcibiades had defected to Sparta. From their post in Decelea, the Spartans were fiercely attacking the Athenians. Within the walled city, the situation was equally grim, as the politically volatile situation weakened the Assembly and the oligarchs started making their present known.
Originally presented at the Lenaia festival in 411 BC, Lysistrata sees Aristophanes placing women in the public eye, offering them the possibility of taking political action for all matters related to both their house and their city – a theme he will revisit in Ecclesiazusae.
Lysistrata, whose name means ‘army disbander’, can definitely create her own utopia. Through his comedy, Aristophanes winks at politicians, offering a rather unorthodox solution.
Translated by Sotiris Kakisis
Directed by Odysseas Papaspiliopoulos
Set and costume design: Angelos Mentis
Music: Foivos Delivorias
Movement: Amalia Bennett
Lighting design: Nikos Vlasopoulos
Assistant director: Anastasia Stylianidi
Cast (in alphabetical order): Paris Alexandropoulos, Vangelis Daousis, Daphne David, Stefania Goulioti, Stelios Iakovidis, Giannis Kotsifas, Nefeli Maistrali, Giorgos Matziaris, Elpida Nikolaou, Agoritsa Oikonomou, Eleftheria Pagalou, Vasilis Papadimitriou, Katerina Patsiani, Nikos Psarras, Vicky Stavropoulou, Anastasia Sfendylaki, Manos Vavadakis, Vicky Volioti
As part of the Athens & Epidaurus Festival 2020. Directed by Odysseas Papaspiliopoulos. Cast: Vangelis Daousis, Stefania Goulioti, Agoritsa Oikonomou, Vicky Stavropoulou and more
To be announced.