Due to the ongoing pandemic, all performance dates are subject to change.
Audiences have so far enjoyed Yannis Kakleas’ hilarious productions of Aristophanes comedies. This year, Kakleas returns to Epidaurus for his directorial debut in ancient Greek tragedy, staging Euripides’ Orestes, in a Giorgos Chimonas translation.
Euripides picks up the story of the two siblings, Orestes and Electra, right after Clytemnestra’s murder, and tries to approach it on a more human level by focusing on the survival of two young people in a world defined by forces beyond their grasp. Pursued by the Furies, Orestes attempts to defend himself at the Ecclesia assembly, but ends up being sentenced to death. Together with Electra and Pylades, they decide to take revenge against Menelaus, who didn’t help them as promised. To that end, they kidnap Hermione and are about to murder Helen. Despair leadsthem to violence, the only weapon left to them. The solution to this drama will only come with a divine intervention by god Apollo.
Orestes is a play replete with conflict, plot twists, apologies and sharp political commentary; a play that raises questions about generational relationships, gender, and social unity.
Translated by Giorgos Chimonas
Directed by Yannis Kakleas
Set design: Sakis Birbilis - Yannis Kakleas
Movement: Aris Servetalis
Lighting design: Sakis Birbilis
Aris Servetalis, Maria Protopappa, Thanasis Papageorgiou, Emilianos Stamatakis, Elektra Nikolouzou, Jerome Kaluta, Angeliki Trompouki, Niki Lami.
As part of the Athens & Epidaurus Festival 2020. Directed by Yannis Kakleas.With: Aris Servetalis, Maria Protopappa, Thanasis Papageorgiou, Emilianos Stamatakis, Elektra Nikolouzou.
To be announced.