“The Protectors” by Mitsos Efthymiadis
Directed by: Giorgos Kiourtsidis
Musical Political Satire
OPENING: 4 February 2022
VENUE: Lazaristes Monastery – Sokratis Karantinos Stage
A daring work which sheds a humorous light on the national wound which seemingly has still to heal two hundred years on from the Greek War of Independence.
A FEW WORDS ABOUT THE PLAY
The play takes us back in time to present not the glorious achievements of the Greek freedom fighters, but rather the inglorious goings-on behind the scenes of the Revolution. Who were the “protectors” who used their position as a shield behind which to protect their own interest and power?
Miltos Efthymiadis’ scabrous farce reveals the socio-political reality of the Greek struggle for freedom and points the finger at the systemic suppression of the truth ever since. His targets include not only individuals long presented as controversial in the history of the Greek Revolution, but also iconic figures who have always been shown as having bring the revolution to a successful conclusion. The rich, the clergy, the banks, foreign powers: what role did they play back then, and what political games do they continue to play to this day?
“The Protectors” was staged for the first time at the Art Theatre, Athens, in 1976.
Direction: Giorgos Kiourtsidis, Sets-Costumes: Anna-Maria Angelidou, Music: Christos Leontis, Movement-Choreography: Tasos Papadopoulos, Lighting: Giannis Toumpas, Musical coaching: Panagiotis Barlas, Assistant to the director: Thanasis Dislis, Assistant to the set-costume designer: Christina Thalassa, Video: Anta Liakou, Production photography: Tasos Thomoglou, Graphic design: Simoni Grigoroudi Production coordinator: Eva Koumandraki,
Cast: Ilektra Goniadou, Thanasis Dislis, Kalliopi Evangelidou, Anna Efthymiou, Aliki Zacharopoulou, Chrysanthos Kagias, Pantelis Kalpakoglou, Angelos Karanikolas, Dimitris Kartokis, Thanasis Keramidas, Dimitris Kolovos, Lefteris Litharis, Nikos Milias, Ilias Bermperis, Roula Pantelidou, Grigoris Papadopoulos, Stefanos Pittas, Spyros Sarafianos, Christos Stylianou, Giorgos Sfyridis, Giannis Tsemperlidis, Kostas Chalkias
Extras: Christos Gkrozos, Argyris Lamprou, Thanasis Lanaris, Nikolaos Manolas, Leonidas Stamou