July 14, 2004
Harry Konstantopoulos (510) 482-6186
Abstinence for Peace!
The National Theatre of Greece and its Lysistrata offer
the world creative advice
Internationally acclaimed company's American debut and
only West Coast appearance of Aristophanes' Lysistrata
October 1 & 3 at Oakland's historic Calvin Simmons
Oakland, CA - The City of Oakland welcomes the highly acclaimed
National Theatre of Greece in two west coast performances only at
the historic Calvin Simmons Theatre, 10 Tenth Street in Oakland. The company's
American debut of Aristophanes' Lysistrata returns in it's
second Bay Area appearance and is performed in Modern Greek
with English supertitles, October 1 at 8:00 p.m. & Sunday
October 3 at 3p.m.
Chosen especially to commemorate this year's Spirit of
the 2004 Olympic Games, the National Theatre of Greece returns with Lysistrata
one of Aristophanes' most entertaining and successful comedies
which is characterized by daring dialogue and a universal theme of
peace. Award winning actress Lydia Koniordou leads the 30-member cast
in the lead role. In this classically written comedy, after twenty years of
war between the Greeks, with Athens on one side and Sparta on the other,
the Athenian Lysistrata thinks up a way of blackmailing the combatants
into concluding peace by using the weapon of a sex strike.
Lysistrata having first been staged in 411 BC, amidst the
turmoil of the Peloponnesian War and directly after the defeat of the Athenians
at Sicily, gave Aristophanes the opportunity to cover some of his favorite
concerns. His hilarious comedy, Lysistrata, reflects the disgust with
war prevalent at Athens after the disastrous expedition to Sicily. This merging
of the home and the Acropolis, of sex strike and occupation, gives the
play its thematic unity; allows the women for a time to manage the public
realm in terms of the domestic; and demonstrates not only the importance to
the polis of female activities, but also the importance of the female
psyche as a stabilizing factor in the Greek world.
In this timeless tale of peace, adapted and directed by
Kostas Tsianos, Lysistrata persuades the representatives of the other Greek
cities to join in, leading the women of Athens in the occupation of the
Acropolis. Various comedic episodes follow in which a number of women who have
sworn abstinence attempt with different excuses and wiles to escape their husbands. Faced with this general situation
of sexual deprivation, the Spartans are first to send ambassadors
to seek negotiations.
Aristophanes' Lysistrata is a condemnation of war and a
celebration of life, offering a vision of political unity. The National
Theatre of Greece returns to the Bay Area in this production following its
highly acclaimed debut of Medea last year. Lysistrata sets and costumes are
designed by Rena Georgiadou, with choreography by Fokas Evangelinos. All music produced by Christos Leontis with
musical teachings by Olympia Kyriakaki.
Pre-performance talks with Director Kostas Tsianos will
take place one hour before each performance. Tickets for the National Theatre
of Greece's production of Aristophanes' Lysistrata October 1 & 3
at the historic Calvin Simmons Theatre are priced at $35.00 (Gallery, GA), $45.00
(Balcony, GA) and $65.00 (Reserved Orchestra), also available are $100 VIP Passes for Opening Night's Premier After Party.
Limited tickets available for the VIP Festivities. This includes selected reserved seating and
entrance to the VIP Gala Party. Also for a limited time only, if you purchase
your tickets now pay no taxes or service charges if bought through (510)
482-6186 (all seating and group discounts available). Tickets also available
through Ticketweb www.ticketweb.com
or charge by phone at (866) 468.3399; and by cash only at the door. For more information
go to: National Theatre of Greece Web site or www.kafenio.com .
The National Theatre of Greece's Lysistrata is adapted and
directed by award winning Kostas Tsianos. Born in Larisa,
Greece he has worked with a number of major theater companies,
including Karolos Koun's Theatro Technis and Spyros Evangelatos's
Amfitheatro. Pioneer in the area of regional theatre, having
founded the Theatre of Nea Ionia, Nea Poria and the Experimental
Theatre, his landmark in his theatrical career was the creation
of the now historic Thessalian Theatre where he served as
Artistic Director for 22 years.
His longest associations have been with the National Theater
of Greece and the State Theater of Northern Greece. Having had the opportunity
to perform his productions of Ancient drama at the Epidaurus Festival
and represent Greece at many International festivals, he went on to collect
many awards for his contributions to the arts from many organizations
and has also served as a Larisa city counselor. Currently he is Assistant
Artistic Director of the National Theatre of Greece.
Lydia Koniordou was born in Athens where she lives and works.
She has studied English Literature in the Athens University
and has graduated with awards from the National Theater
Drama School. As an actress she has worked with the National
Theater (Phoenician Women, the Suppliants, Electra, Oresteia,
Yerma), the theater of Thessaly (Electra of Euripides, Iphigeneia
in Tauris, the Cheoreophori) with Nea Skini the Theater
of Spring, the Desmi of Aspasia Papanastasiou, the Politeia
theater and for nine years with the art theater of Karolos
Koun both in performances of contemporary plays as well
as Ancient Greek drama. As a director she has worked in
the National Theater (Electra Alcestis) the municipal theaters
in Larissa, Patra and Volos. She has also taught and staged
Ancient Greek Drama in New York at the University of New
York and at Binghamton University. She has been awarded
the L. Loriote and the M. Kotopouli awards and the Charles
Koun award for her work in Ancient Drama.
National Theatre of Greece
Founded by King George I in 1900, the National Theatre has considered the
revival Ancient Greek Drama (tragedy) it's prime objective. Starting
initially with performances in the indoor theater of Agiou Konstantinou
Street in Athens, the company later began to stage productions on a regular
basis at the Ancient Theater of Epidavros and at Herodion. The annual
Festival of Ancient Drama at Epidavros, became a reality in 1955 and
continues to attract thousands of Greek and foreign spectators each year.
Under the direction of the current director Nikos Kourkoulos, one of the
leading actors in the company has received countless awards which he
received for his work in film and theatre. The company operates five
stages, three at its old historic site and two at its new theater, all
dedicated to the very best aspects of Ancient, Classical, Modern and Past
Through the performances at these theaters and International
Tours, the National Theatre has defined as its fundamental belief that
ancient tragedy and comedy deal with vital intellectual questions that are
still applicable to the problems of our present and our future in our time.
Calvin Simmons Theatre
For 70 years it was known as the Oakland Civic Auditorium.
Audiences came to enjoy professional sports, theatrical events, and
many of the great artists of the time. In 1984, following a $15 million refurbishment
to reflect the splendor of its historic and fabled past, the
Oakland Convention Center. The elegant and storied Calvin Simmons Theatre,
with its unparalleled intimacy and charm, has been hailed nationwide
by many of the most renowned artists of the last century for its near perfect
acoustics. The historic theater's elegant chandeliers, gold leaf detail,
art deco-influenced upholstered seats, lighting and sound systems,
and European ambience are the perfect venue for Lysistrata.
Lysistrata: Lydia Koniordou
Kleoniki: Eleni Kastane,
Mirrini: Vasso Iastropoulou
Labito: Maria Kantife,
Vioti: Eleni Tzortzi,
Korinthian woman: Elena Gerodimou
Old man: Yannis Degaitis
Old Woman: Alexandra Pantelaki
Provoulos: Antonis Loudaros
1st woman: Nikoletta Vlavianou
2nd woman: Sofia Kalemkeridou
3rd woman: Maria Liapikou
4th woman: Gina Thiiveri
Kinisias: Nikos Karthanos
Disseminator (Sparta):Christos Ninis
Rector (Athenian): Themistoklis Panou
Spartan Ambassador: Nikos Bousdoukos
Athenian Ambassador: Periklis Karakonstantoglou
Reconciliation: Elenana Papadopoulou
Singer: Yiannis Stolas
Alexandra Pantelaki, Nikoletta Vlavianou, Maria Liapikou,
Eleni Tzortzi, Elena Gerodimou, Stella Gkika, Gina Thliveri,
Vasso Iatropoulou, Sofia Kalemkeridou, Maria Kantife, Eleni
Kousta, Eleana Papadopoulou, & Tina Papadopoulou.
Nikos Bousdoukos, Yiorgos Gkatsios, Stefanos Kosmidis, Christos
Pappas, Yiannis Degaitis, Loukas Zikos, Antonis Loudaros,
Chrinis Pavlidis, Pericle Karakonstantoglou, Dimitris Karaviotis,
Lefteris Loukades, Yiannis Stollas, Themistoklis Panou,
Nikos Karathanos, & Christos Ninis.
Tickets for the National Theatre of Greece' production of
Aristophanes' Lysistrata October 1 & 3 at the historic Calvin Simmons
Theatre are priced at $35.00 (Gallery, GA), $45.00 (Balcony, GA) and $65.00
(Reserved), also available are $100 VIP Passes for Opening Night's Premier
After Party. Limited tickets available for the VIP festivities. This
includes selected reserved seating and entrance to the VIP Gala Party. Also
for a limited time only, if you purchase your tickets now pay no taxes
or service charges if bought through (510)482-6186 (all seating available)
group discounts also available. Tickets also available at Ticketweb www.ticketweb.com
or charge by phone at (866) 468.3399; and by cash only at the door. For more information please visit the National
Theatre of Greece Web site or www.kafenio.com
Friday, October 1 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 3 2:00 p.m.
In an effort to provide a fulfilling and intimate experience
for the audience, the National Theatre of Greece will provide
pre-performance talks with the Director, Mr. Kostas Tsianos.
These events are free to ticket holders.
Top of page.