Lena Kitsopoulou

Antigone—Lonely Planet

14 DEC 2017 - 7 IAN 2018
(no performances on 18-19, 24, 31 December and 1-2 January)

With English surtitles
(15-17, 23, 25 & 29-30 December 2017, 6-7 January)
Upper Stage
1 hour and 50 minutes
No admittance to children
On the planet Kitsopoulou, ancient tragedy meets comedy, and Sophocles' myth snapshots from a satirical and desperate "here and now", head-on.
Full price: 7, 15 €
Reduced, Friend & Groups 5-9 people: 12 €
Groups 10+ people: 11 €
Νeighbourhood residents: 7 €
People with disabilities & Unemployed: 5 € | Companions: 8 €

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Sophocles' Antigone staged as a comedy. Can it be done? If we were to close our eyes and imagine someone turning ancient tragedy on its head like that, that person would be Lena Kitsopoulou, the larger-than-life anti-persona of the Greek stage. And she's actually going to give it a go at the OCC.

Inviting a group of people on stage who call to mind the ancient Chorus, the author and director sets out to graft moments of a satirical and desperate "here and now" onto the Sophoclean myth. Convinced of the relevance of ancient drama, given that "Whatever aspect of our contemporary reality someone chooses to analyze, they will inevitably come face to face with ancient tragedies", Lena Kitsopoulou identifies in her heroes Antigones, Creons and Aimons who share fears and anxieties with us, ensconced here in our unbearably lonely world.

In a production which is of a piece with her work to date, Lena Kitsopoulou remains drawn to the motifs of human madness and loneliness; as she sees it, "We have nothing else: everything else is just lies".

On planet Kitsopoulou, though, comedy nestles beneath the existential angst, and vice versa. Driven by a need to poke fun at herself and to view reality through a distorting prism, she seeks "a trace of truth" in comedy. "I don't force the comedy", she says. "It's a form of despair and a way of not feeling guilty about my baser side."


On Friday 15, Saturday 16, Sunday 17, Saturday 23, Monday 25, Friday 29, Saturday 30 December 2017, Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 January 2018 with English surtitles.

Stageplay & Direction: Lena Kitsopoulou
Sets & Costumes: Elli Papageorgakopoulou
Lighting: Nikos Vlassopoulos
Video: Aggelos Papadopoulos
Sound Design: Kostas Bokos
Assistant to the Director: Marilena Moschou
Costume & Set Design Assistants: Dimitris Aggelis, Tzina Iliopoulou, Myrto Lambrou
Production Assistant: Tzela Christopoulou
Actors: Petros Georgopalis, Nikoleta Grimeki, Lena Kitsopoulou, Sofia Kokkali, Myrto Kontoni, Andreas Kontopoulos, Vassilis Safos,  Yannis Tsortekis
Production Management: Polyplanity productions / Yolanda Markopoulou and Vicky Strataki
Produced by: Onassis Cultural Centre-Athens

Contributors for the video which is projected during the performance
Script-Direction: Lena Kitsopoulou
Operator: Angelos Papadopoulos
Sound Engineering: Filippos Manesis
With: Petros Georgopalis, Nikoleta Grimeki, Lena Kitsopoulou, Sofia Kokkali, Myrto Kontoni, Andreas Kontopoulos, Eirini Kotsifa, Giannis Kotsifas, Marilena Moschou, Aggelos Papadimitriou, Vassilis Safos,  Stavros Tsitsopoulos, Yannis Tsortekis

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Wednesday 20 December
After performance talk with Lena Kitsopoulou
Chaired by Grigoris Ioannidis, theatre critic

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