A Rose is A Rose
by Katerina Louvari Fasoi
How easy is it to be different? To think differently? When do the limits of being different collide with the limits of tolerance and social cohesion? Dionysia, the heroine of this original play by Katerina Louvari Fasoi, lives in an old house, the cats in her yard being her only company. She sings and dreams, wears colourful clothes, opens her home to strangers and locals alike, and is subjected to their hatred and mockery.
Inspired by the true story of Dimitra from Skala Sykamias in Lesbos, which shocked Greece, and guided by Martin Luther King Jr.’s book Strength to Love, the play addresses the brutality and blindness of humans. Similar to Christ, who, while crucified, gave us a lesson with the phrase “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they are doing”, Dionysia prays in her deathbed about the salvation of her soul and those of the teenagers who became her executioners. She will almost be relieved to welcome her death, believing in the power of forgiveness and the eternal kindness of humans. A moving, thought-provoking performance asking us to question any type of prejudice leading to the extermination of anything different.
Pantelis Dentakis will direct the performance and Christos Stergioglou will portray the lead character.
The title phrase is heard from the lips of Dimitra of Lesvos in the documentary by Tzeli Hadjidimitriou, Mr. Dimitris and Mrs. Dimitroula (2019).
The performance contains strong language, violence and nudity.
grape – Greek Agora of Performance is an exciting new initiative by the Athens Epidaurus Festival aiming to establish a platform for Greek artists to communicate with the international Theatre and Dance scene, giving them the opportunity to present their works to representatives and artistic directors of international festivals and cultural institutions abroad. The platform presents 14 new productions in two periods: 3 – 8 July & 18 – 22 July.
grape is open to the general public and is part of the main artistic programme of the Athens Epidaurus Festival. The performances included are also scheduled on dates outside the duration of the platform.
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