UNDER THE AUSPICES OF H.E. THE PRESIDENT OF THE HELLENIC REPUBLIC MR. PROKOPIOS PAVLOPOULOS
PERFORMANCE “My Mother’s Sin” by Georgios Vizyenos world first in English The performance “My Mother’s Sin” by G. Vizyenos will be commencing its second tour of Universities in the USA in October, 2019. After an overwhelming reception and the successful completion of the first tour across USA Universities, (Harvard University, Yale University, Columbia University, University of Illinois at Chicago and the city of Tampa in Florida) during November-December, 2018, Vizyenos’s speech proved to be beyond any language. The aim of this venture is to reveal Vizyenos’s cathartic confession to a wider audience across the USA. Overcoming the language barrier, through an interpretation of Vizyenos’s literary short story in English, the performance exposes the audience to contemporary Greek culture with a deep connection to Greek cultural heritage and tradition. DIRECTOR’S NOTE Nowadays, it is an imperative need to chose to engage with the classical literature form of the global dramaturgy.
We ought to turn towards this direction, which will let us identify with our inner selves. It is the path humanity should take in order to find maturity. That is exactly what Vizyenos is doing. He places each man or woman (audience) next to their fellow human being, with love and empathy, because he is aware that this is the only way they will be led to forgiveness. By using simple language he achieves to enhance the sweetness of the soul and to soften its wounds. When a work of art has such an impact it is relieving, because, through beauty, an individual earns the opportunity to meet with the kindness of their own soul. Dostoyevsky said “beauty will save the world”. And for us, beauty lies beneath everything that lets our souls upheave and breathe.
It is our pleasure to share with the whole world, besides the ancient texts that Greece has left as a consignment, unknown diamonds of Greek literature. Furthermore ,that is how a dialogue begins. And dialectic is the art through which one can reach one’s own truth. THE PLAY “My Mother’s Sin”, an autobiographical short story written by Georgios Vizyenos in 1883 speaks of forgiveness, guilt and atonement in a confessional manner. The story’s central figure is Annio, a sickly little girl, around whom the plot is developed. We follow the course of the girl’s illness and the mother’s vain efforts to save her, in order to redeem herself from a hidden sin. Absorbed in her daughter and her illness, the mother seems to have forgotten that she has three other boys, as well. After the death of her daughter, she proceeds to successive adoptions of little girls, evoking reactions from her remaining children.
“That was not a show, it was μυσταγωγία. […] Vizyenos would now be proud, not of having made it to the Ivy League universities, but to the heights of your art.” Georgios Syrimis, Director of Hellenic Studies Program, Lecturer in Hellenic Studies and Comparative Literature, Yale University, New Haven “It was impressive. I was amazed by the difficulty of the play and the talent we saw. It’s a great opportunity for an institution like ours to bring an international flavor…bring people from the community, but also introduce our community to different perspectives, different ways of doing art and theater” Dr Michael Amiridis, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chancellor, at National Herald “The interpretation of Mrs Kyprioti along with the exceptional costume designed by Vana Giannoula, the enchanting music by Nikos Kypourgos and of course the spare but absolutely mesmerising direction by Danae Roussou left its imprint in the soul of everyone attending the performance. […] For me, there is no better way to breathe life into a text like that of Vizyenos.” Ioannis Mylonopoulos, Professor of Classical Art and Archaeology and Director of the Program of Hellenic Studies, Columbia University, New York, at greek-theater.gr “An economy of image, movement, gesture, sound, light and sound ingeniously gave us enough information to feel securely oriented while it also provided enough space for us to use our imaginations to co-create, like when reading a novel, the people, place, images, and events in this powerful story.
I hope and trust your beautiful production will have a long life.” Christine Mary Dunford, Director of School of Theatre & Music, UIC, Chicago at National Herald “After an extremely laborious effort to impart the rhythm and authenticity of the literary text to a foreign language, they succeeded in an excellent and unobtrusive way, which surprised the audience immersing them in the kingdom of experiences and feelings of the original composer.” Yanna Katsageorgis, The National Herald,
New York Tour October 2019 Pomona College – Wednesday, October 16, 2019 Location: Large Studio, Byron Dick Seaver Theatre Complex (300 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont, CA 91711) Event time: 7:00 p.m. to 8.15 p.m Contact: Mary Rosier 909-607-73181
Loyola Marymount University – Saturday, October 19, 2019 Location: Ahmanson Auditorium, University Hall 1000 (1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045) Event time: 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Contact/rsvp: firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Texas at Austin – Monday, October 21, 2019 Location: Union Building Theater (Guadalupe St & W 24th St, Austin, TX 78712) Event time: 7.30 p.m. to 8.45 p.m. Contact: GreeksATX@gmail.com | www.facebook.com/GreeksAustin
Georgetown University – Thursday, October 24, 2019 Location: Bunn Intercultural Center Auditorium (37th and O St., N.W., Washington, DC 20007) Event time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Contact: email@example.com
Columbia University – Tuesday, October 29, 2019 Location: 612 Schermerhorn Hall (1190 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10027) Event time: 6.00 p.m. to 7.15 p.m. R.S.V.P. to Ms. Ioanna Messini-Skordas at firstname.lastname@example.org Free Admission CREDITS
Adaptation: Rena Kyprioti
Direction: Danae Roussou
Interpretation: Rena Kyprioti
Music Composer: Nikos Kypourgos
Costume: Vana Giannoula
Lighting: Danae Roussou Graphic
Design: Paris Mexis Trailer : Giorgos Nikopoulos
Production Manager: Eirini Vourlakou
Production Consultant: Emily Brown-Metaxas
Project Manager: Ioanna Sakketa Production: POLYPLANITY Productions Collaborating Team in the USA: Represented by: Alex Mimis Creative Consultant: Ali Daylami Creative Designer: Anthony Serino