La MaMa presented Eclipses Group Theater New York, in collaboration with Zishan Ugurlu, artistic director of Actors Without Borders – ITONY in The π-Roject, an innovative performance based on Aeschylus’ The Persians, the oldest surviving play of the western world. The π- Roject was part of La MaMa’s 50 years celebration.
In Aeschylus’ original play, the Greeks were the winners of a historic sea battle against the Persians. Aeschylus, an eyewitness to the battle, chose to write the play not from the side of the Greeks, but from the side of the enemy—“the other.” The play is about the loss and decline of a nation and the radical changes that followed, all experienced through the self-examination and criticism that their grief and pain induces.
In the present day, Greece is experiencing one of the most difficult times in modern history, a cataclysmic financial war. The Greek nation is in a state of shock, as the financial collapse causes a rapid change in the life of Greek citizens. Unemployment, loss of wealth and immigration are part of the western world's new reality.
As an era ends, a new one must begin.
The π-Roject was performed in Greek with English supertitles.
The performance was generously supported by:
The Greek Cultural Center of N.Y., Hellenic Kyklos Club (Member of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council), The Hellenic Medical Society of New York, National Hellenic Student Association, Columbia University Hellenic Association, Art Minds.
Translators: Ioanna Katsarou (modern Greek) and Chryssanthi Katsarou Ventouratos (English)
Director and designer: by Zishan Ugurlu
Assistant director & production manager: Sofia Tsekoura
Music: Dimitris Dimitrakopoulos
Live video: Mirto Ioanna Kassis
Video: Fotis Politis & Ioannis Sochorakis
Lighting Design: Drew Florida
Associate lighting designer: Jimmy Lawlor
Technical director: Christos Alexandridis
Artwork: Lydia Venieri
Graphic design: Panagiotis Xanthos