Renowned Greek actress Karyofyllia Karabeti stars in The National Theater of Greece's production of Euripides' Medea at New York's City Center, ending its scheduled run Sept. 27. The play, performed in Greek, with English supertitles, began performances Sept. 23. Karabeti, one of Greece's leading actresses, received rave reviews in the production's run at The Theatre of Epidaurus, Greece, where the show played nightly to audiences of more than 30,000 people. Medea, more than 2,500 years old, is the tragedy of a woman alone in a foreign country and rejected by her husband for a younger bride. For those who aren't familiar with the show, the acts of vengence Medea commits continue to shock audiences today.
In addition to Karabeti, the cast includes: Melina Vamvaka, Constantinow Constantopoulos, Maria Katsiadaki, Aristotelis Aposkitis, Kostas Triantafyllopoulos and a Chorus of 18 actor. Helming the production is Niketi Kontouri, with sets by Yorgos Patsas.
Other Euripides dramas include Electra, The Bacchae, Ion and Hecuba.
The National Theatre of Greece's production of Euripides' Medea, starring Karabeti, plays at City Center Sept. 23-27. For tickets ($30-$55) or more information call (212) 581-1212.
-- By Sean McGrath