National Theatre of Greece Returns to New York With The Persians, Sept. 16-20

News   National Theatre of Greece Returns to New York With The Persians, Sept. 16-20 The National Theatre of Greece makes its annual trek to New York's City Center Sept. 16-20 for a limited six-performance run of Aeschylus' The Persians.

Lydia Koniordou, one of Greece's most accomplished stage actresses, heads the cast and directs. Koniordou played the title role in Aristophanes' Lysistrata when it played City Center in 2004. Two years before that, she starred as Antigone and she played played Elektra in 1996. Other NTG plays to visit City Center include 1998's Medea.

The Persians will be performed in Greek with English supertitles. The translation is by Nikoletta Frindzila, sets and costumes are by Lili Kendaka, music is by Takis Farazis and lighting is by Lefteris Pavlopoulos.

The Persians is the oldest known play in Western civilization. It was written in 480 B.C. to celebrate the final defeat of the armies of King Xerxes in the sea battle of Salamis—a war in which Aeschylus himself fought. It is set in the Persian capital of Susa, where the despotic Queen Atossa and The Chorus wait for news of the king's campaign against the Greeks.

The cast of The Persians, in addition to Koniordou who plays Queen Atossa, includes Yannis Kranas (Darius); Christos Loulis (King Xerxes), Sampson Fytros, Yorgos Gallos, Dimitris Kanellos, Phaidon Kastris, Panagiotis Klinis, Apostolis Pelakanos, Takis Sakellariou and Yorgos Stamos.

Rounding the cast of The Persians are: Chrysanthi Avloniti, Yorgos Dousis, Manolis Dragatsis, Yorgos Frindzilas, Alexandros Kalpakidis, Stephanos Kosmidis, Yannis Kotsifas, Katerina Liontaki, Vassilis Margetis, Elena Marsidou, Dimitris Mosxonas, Dinos Pontikopoulos, Takis Sakellariou, Vassilis Spiropoulos, Elena Topalidou, Yorgis Tsampourakis and Vassilis Zaifidis. Musicians include: Takis Farazis, Stephanos Logothetis, Stephanos Tortopoglou and Nikos Xinos. Tickets are $75, $55 and $35, and special discounts are offered for students and groups. Tickets can be ordered by calling CityTix at (212) 581-1212 or online at www.nycitycenter.org.

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