Roula Pateraki

"Post Inferno - To Damascus" by August Strindberg

11-22 ΜΑY 2016
1st Part: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Intermission: 15 minutes
2nd Part: 2 hours
Main Stage
The Greek premiere of a masterpiece by the great Swedish playwright, an oneiric drama of existential, philosophical and theological dilemmas, autobiographical confessions and bursts of comedy, in a fine production from a grande dame of the Greek stage.
until 12 APR: 13 – 20 €
Full price: 15 – 18 – 28 €
Reduced & Small groups
(5-9 people): 11 – 14 – 22 €
Large groups (10+ people):
9 – 12 – 20 €
People with disabilities: 5 € -
Companions: 10 €
Unemployed: 5 €
The son of a maid, with three marriages, two divorces, five children, long-term economic and psychological problems and a series of nervous breakdowns to his name, he died of stomach cancer at the age of 63. Behold August Strindberg (1849–1912) the man, stripped of the febrile magnificence of the playwright who spoke about his fellow men like no one had done before.

The protagonist of the To Damascus trilogy (1898–1900) is a man with no name, a Stranger and an alter ego for Strindberg himself. A man who loves women but a misogynist with it, the Stranger seduces a random female, the Lady. Sometimes with her and sometimes alone, he makes his way to the furthest reaches of the dream and of reality, of transcendentalism and realism, of Christianity and mysticism, of madness and logic, of the subconscious and conscious mind, of alchemy and science, guilt and freedom, of sin and becoming one with God, of sadomasochism and love. He bathes in sulphur springs and crosses untrodden mountain peaks, is locked up in monasteries and asylums on his own request, makes gold and begets children, seeks out Faith but Temptation, too, suffers at one and the same time from delusions of grandeur and an inferiority complex. The money is never enough, the family he wanted so much turns out to be a “den of lions and a nest of vipers” and out of happiness—short-lived, always—disaster is borne.

Unconventional and contradictory by nature, Roula Pateraki, the experimental director who has never hesitated to take on a major spectacle, the philosopher of the stage who has directed the stars of her era, presents for her first collaboration with the OCC the Greek première of Strindberg’s epic trilogy with its agonized theological, existential, conjugal and erotic problematics. As she puts it: “I take Strindberg on through my understanding of the present, as far as the times, my competence and my love for him as a playwright allow”.


Dramaturgy, original text, text composition: Roula Pateraki, Manos Lamprakis
based on Margarita's Melberg translation of August Strindberg's "To Damascus" (Kedros Publications)
Direction: Roula Pateraki
Set Design: Eva Manidaki
Costumes: Apollon Papatheocharis
Music: Giorgos Koumentakis
Lighting: Giannis Drakoularakos
Hair & Make up styling: Pantelis Toutountzis
Line Production: Giannis Gkountaras
Assistant to the director: Danai Papoutsi
Assistant to the set designer: Myrto Megaritou
Costume design assistant: Maria Zygouri
Production assistants: Nikos Nikolaidis, Giannis Pavlopoulos, Aris Kanellos
Produced by: Onassis Cultural Centre-Athens

With: Lazaros Georgakopoulos, Loukia Michalopoulou, Alekos Syssovitis, Giorgos Papapavlou, Konstantina Takalou, Omiros Poulakis, Antreas Antoniadis, Nikos Mavrakis, Evanthia Kourmouli, Evriklia Sofroniadou, Dora Stylianesi, Spiros Varelis, Panos Tzinos and Roula Pateraki

On Friday 20 and Saturday 21 May with English surtitles.
Surtitles editing: Memi Katsoni

Friday 13 May
After performance talk with Roula Pateraki
Chaired by George Sampatakakis, Assistant Professor of Theatre Studies, Department of Theatre Studies, University of Patras

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20 - 22 May 2016

Syntagma Square, Athens centre
Free admission


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29 - 30 May 2016

21:00 Upper Stage
Full price: 10 €
Reduced-Unemployed: 5 €
People with disabilities - Companions: 5 €


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