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Aristophanes’ Anti-war comedy by the “Zorba the Greek” director October 5, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Hellenic Light Americas.
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Boston Greek Cultural Center presents Aristophanes’ anti-war comedy by the “Zorba the Greek” director on November 2.

The Maliotis Cultural Center is presenting a cabaret version of Aristophanes’ anti-war comedy, Lysistrata, Eros Thanatos- Eros Athanatos, directed by Michael Cacoyannis, the famed Greek film and theatrical director, writer and producer who directed the highly successful film, Zorba the Greek, Thursday, November 2.

The production by Alekton, an Athens theatre group, has performed throughout Greece and Europe. It is on an Onassis Foundation supported three-city tour of three U.S. university campuses: Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and the Maliotis Cultural Center on the campus of Hellenic College on Boston-Brookline line. The U.S. University tour of Cabaret Lysistrata is also generously co-sponsored by the J. Paul Getty Museum, an operating program of the J. Paul Getty Trust.

Lysistrata is the third and final play of Aristophanes War and Peace series produced in 411 B.C. The play depicts the untenable conditions of the 21st year of the thirty-year Peloponnesus War where there is little prospect for peace between Athens and Sparta. A desperate state of affairs demands a desperate remedy and Aristophanes offers a burlesque and surprising solution to the problem of constant war.

The two-person production stars Maia Morgenstern, the Romanian theater and film actress, who stared as Mary in Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ. Also starring is a highly regarded Romanian actor, Vladimir Ivanov, who has been awarded a cultural medal from the president of Romania, and has performed in various film and stage productions including the works of Shakespeare, Chekhov, Sheridan as well several Romanian playwrights.

Cacoyannis is well known as the filmmaker most responsible for bringing worldwide attention to Greek cinema in its renaissance after WWII. As a director, writer, producer, Cacoyannis has done his finest and most important work with a series of rough-hewn, open-air films including Stella in 1953 that introduced Melina Mercouri to audiences in Europe and America.

His flair for melodrama is well suited to the Greek tragedies he has brought to the stage and screen including film versions of Electra in 1961, The Trojan Women in 1971 and Iphigenia with Irene Papas in 1977. He has also directed stage productions of ancient Greek tragedies and comedies in New York, Paris, Dublin and Athens. Cacoyannis theatrical versatility includes staging operas in various venues in New York, Greece, France and Germany.

For over thirty years, the Maliotis Cultural Center has been conducting programs that span the entirety of Greek culture, enthralling audiences with the art, science and ideas of ancient Greece and introducing them to the traditions and accomplishments of modern Greece. The Center provides a forum for the public discussion of economic, social and foreign policy issues of consequence to Greece. Its facilities are used on a regular basis by the Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, on whose campus the Center is situated.

The building is a two-level structure with an exterior clad with panels of white marble from Mt. Penteli (of which the Parthenon was constructed), northeast of Athens. The Center’s interior includes a 357-seat theater, two 75-seat lecture areas, a 3,250 square-foot exhibit and function hall, three meeting rooms and a complex of administrative offices. The Center is located at 50 Goddard Avenue, Brookline and is accessible to the handicapped and convenient, free parking is available.

General admissions tickets for this one night performance are $25 and $10 with a student ID. For more information and to purchase tickets online, click information@maliotis.org. or call 617-522-2800.

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