Due to the ongoing pandemic, all performance dates are subject to change.
“I’ll fill both of them and Amphitryon’s entire household with misunderstandings and madness until my father gets enough of the woman he’s in love with” (trans. Wolfgang de Melo): This is what the trickster god Mercury warns us in the very first scene of Amphitryon, orchestrating a series of misunderstandings that will carry this comedy to its conclusion.
Amphitryon, the most famous but rarely performed play of the Greek New Comedy is ideal for exploring the origins and mechanisms of theatre, especially comedy, thanks to its archetypal ‘twins/ doppelgänger’ trope. It is no accident that all masters of comedy, from Shakespeare to Molière to Marivaux to Feydeau to Chaplin to Buster Keaton and even modern Greek comedians such as Vasilis Avlonitis and Dinos Iliopoulos take their cue from Plautus. With Amphitryon, director Vassilis Papavassiliou invites us to go back to the roots of comedy: theatre as pure joy and as the absolute ritualistic game.
Translated by Tasos Roussos
Directed by Vassilis Papavassiliou
Collaborating director and dramaturge: Nikoleta Filosoglou
Set and costume design: Angelos Mentis
Live musical composition - Sound dramaturgy: Dimitris Kamarotos
Choreography - Movement: Ermis Malkotsis
Lighting design: Eleftheria Deko
Evi Saoulidou, Giannis Dalianis, Thanassis Dimou, Kostas Berikopoulos, Angelos Bouras, Konstantina Takalou.
Executive producer Greek Art Theatre Karolos Koun
As part of the Athens & Epidaurus Festival 2020. Cast: Evi Saoulidou, Giannis Dalianis, Thanassis Dimou, Kostas Berikopoulos, Angelos Bouras, Konstantina Takalou.
To be announced.