During the summer of ’58, in a Greek village, a woman kills her two children. In this play, Alexandra K* brings Medea into an era in which women have just begun to realise that life doesn’t offer hold the same fate for both sexes. Xeni, or the Stranger, has spent years trapped in the roles of daughter, wife, and mother, and now lives under the watching eye of the stifling community where she has been brought to live. When her husband marries another woman and she is left with no role to play, the Stranger struggles to discover what, if anything, remains alive inside her.
Yannos Perlengas’ directing will highlight a style of language that places special emphasis on form and rhythm.
Directed by Yannos Perlengas
Assistant: to the director Giorgis Vassilopoulos
Set and costume design: Loukia Chouliara
Lighting design: Tasos Palaioroutas
Musical supervision: Stratos Grintzalis
Elena Topalidou (the Stranger), Magda Kafkoula (their Teacher, a young woman), Giorgis Vassilopoulos (their Friend, a young man), Yannos Perlengas (her Father, an old man), Syrmo Keke (his Mother, an old woman), Michalis Titopoulos (her Husband, a man)
Executive producer Evangelos Konstas - Constantly Productions
As part of the Athens & Epidaurus Festival 2021.
Main photo courtesy of Sokratis Kougeas' personal archive, included in the book Tragoudia toy Kosmou - Moirologia tis Messiniakis Manis (To Rodakio Publishing)