THE SECOND SURPRISE OF LOVE by Marivaux
Coproduction: NTNG, Greek Art Theatre Karolos Koun
Translated and directed by: Vassilis Papavassileiou
VENUE: Royal (Vasiliko) Theatre
Opening: 26th of November 2021
“Love! Does love do away with logic?”
The Marquise is inconsolable after the death of her husband. And when he is rejected by his beloved, the Knight’s life becomes sheer torment. The mutual attraction they feel from their very meeting will turn their lives upside-down, like a bolt from the blue. They will fear what they feel and call it friendship, but the emotion will quickly escape their control and turn into love. At their sides, their two servants drive the plot forward with their playful intrigues and a heavy dose of naivety, forever undoing what they seek to do and making the audience laugh with their spontaneity and the light-heartedness and flexibility their position permits.
The quips and retorts of verbal duelling play a central role in all the plays by the celebrated author of the French Enlightenment, Pierre Carlet de Chamblain de Marivaux (1688–1763), who has been described as an “ideal painter of the genesis of love”. With his customary subtlety and refinement, Marivaux brings comedy to his portrayal of human passions, penetrating the subtle shades of emotion while presenting a multi-faceted critique of the society of his era.
Translation-Direction: Vassilis Papavassileiou, Sets-Costumes: Angelos Mentis, Dramaturgy-Musical oversight-Collaborating director: Nikoleta Filosoglou, Movement: Dimitris Sotiriou, Lighting: Eleftheria Deko, Assistant to the director: Anna Maria Iakovou, Assistant to the set-costume designer: Elli Nalmpanti, Assistant to the lighting designer: Αthina Banava, Production coordinators: Marina Chatziioannou, Athanasia Androni
Cast: Giorgos Kafkas (Knight), Giorgos Kolovos (Lubin), Zoi Mylona (Lisette), Themis Panou (Hortensius), Stavroula Arabatzoglou (Μarquise), Taxiarchis Chanos (Count)