Due to the ongoing pandemic, all performance dates are subject to change.
Raging, he sweeps the battlefield, slaying his enemies. In the end, what remains at his bloody feet is but a herd of dead sheep.
Sophocles’ Ajax, a personification of the frustrated male, is reimagined by Simos Kakalas in a setting traditionally identified with masculinity: a kafenio, a traditional Greek café. Aptly enough for a place haunted by many generations of masculine showoffs and showdowns, the kafenio will become a theatre stage for a stellar cast of performers breathing life into Sophocles’ tragedy. A choral poem about the world and its ever-changing values, this play is dedicated to the prototypical outsider, the socially isolated Ajax, who is doomed to extinction and faced with madness. His only consolation is art and the tragic poet who uses his language to defend the befuddled warrior.
Translated by Nikos Panagiotopoulos
Directed by Simos Kakalas
Set design: Giannis Katranitsas
Costume design: Claire Bracewell
Mask construction: Martha Foka
Lighting design: Panagiotis Lampis
Assistant director: Dimitris Kalakides
Cast (in alphabetical order):
Anthi Efstratiadou, Simos Kakalas, Kimonas Kouris, Konstantinos Moraitis, Giorgos Papageorgiou, Michalis Syriopoulos.
As part of the Athens & Epidaurus Festival 2020. Cast: Anthi Efstratiadou, Simos Kakalas, Kimonas Kouris, Konstantinos Moraitis, Giorgos Papageorgiou, Michalis Syriopoulos.
To be announced.