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Golfo goes to Epidaurus

Giorgos Loukos, the artistic director of the Athens & Epidaurus Festival “resurrected” the play after its run at the National Theatre, putting it on the schedule at Epidaurus this summer. Hence, Golfo and the beloved character of Tasos will go to the ancient theatre, for one performance only, on 16 August. Nikos Karathanos breathed fresh life into the tragic, bucolic idyll by Spyridon Peresiadis. He managed to update Golfo, presenting it in a modern and minimalist way, focusing on the essence of the work, making it relevant to one and all.

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What was your plan when you decided to put on the play? Golfo is, in my opinion, the play that all actors want to perform in. It should be their dream, because it has a distinctly Greek merriment. Its level of poetry and devoutness are extraordinary. Directing is another thing altogether. Greek plays are meant to be performed in the open air. The Greeks are outdoor people. Golfo can be put on in an open air theatre, without any direction. It can stand on its own merits!

In my opinion, the central theme of your modern production of Golfo is forgiveness. Golfo must forgive Tasos for betraying her. Is that so? Is forgiveness so important in our lives? Yes, it is. Forgiveness is a very important thing. That is how the play ends. Peresiadis says it very well, “The snakes still love each other and so do the mountains. But they don’t know how to forgive.” Everything is capable of loving, even snakes and mountains. But only man can forgive. It is an exclusively human privilege. At one point or another, we all have to account for our actions. It’s a big deal. The play also addresses mourning and loss. Theses emotions connect the play with the present.

 

 

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