Sophia Marathaki- The Forest

Athens and Epidaurus Festival

What if humankind’s ‘peaceful’ co-existence with nature turns out to be one of the utopias of the 21stcentury? With the harrowing images of the Amazon rainforest wildfires and Australia bushfires still fresh in mind, Sofia Marathaki delivers a performance raising awareness of environmental issues, based on Annie Proulx’s novel Barkskins (the author is perhaps most famous for her short story Brokeback Mountain). Fiction meets documentary theatre, with the dramaturgy encompassing audio-visual footage of interviews with scientists, foresters and biologists, comprising a comprehensive narrative about the history of forests.


Strobe lights are used in the Conceived and directed by Sofia Marathaki

Adapted for the theatre by Elena Triantafyllopoulou

Documentary theatre Ioanna Valsamidou

Text assembled by Sofia Marathaki, Elena Triantafyllopoulou, Ioanna Valsamidou

Set and costume design Constantinos Zamanis

Musical composition - Soundscapes Vassilis Tzavaras

Movement Vrisiida Solomou

Lighting design Sakis Birbilis

Assistant to the director Giorgos Loxas

Sound design - Sound engineer Yiannis Paxevanis

Video Erato Tzavara

Special consultant (Biologist) Andrea Bonetti

Cast Georgina Daliani, Ieronymos Kaletsanos, Eleana Kafkala, Nestor Kopsidas, Dimitris Passas, Giorgos Syrmas

Musicians on stage Vassilis Tzavaras, Michalis Katachanas

Video appearances by Ilias Angelopoulos (Publisher of the Epipleon magazine), Andrea Bonetti (Biologist & Nature photographer), Giorgos Karantzopoulos (Sustainable development advisor), Jane Lind (Artist & Activist working on the preservation of the culture of Northern American indigenous tribes), Antonis Stagogiannis (Eco-guide & Northern Pindos National Park guard), Kalliopi Stara (Cultural ecology researcher), Ioanna Theodosiou (The Green Tank policy associate)

Executive producers POLYPLANITY Productions / Yolanda Markopoulou & Vicky Strataki

Production assistant Nikos Charalampidis

Thanks to Korina Choudalaki (Teacher), Mark Etchells (Performer & Logger), Hanay Geiogamah (Director & Instructor at the American Indian Studies Center UCLA), Pamela Grieman (Associate of the American Indian Studies Center UCLA), Yannis Kitis (President of the Koupa, Municipality of Paionias and Municipality of Kilkis Forest Management Association), Michalis Mathioudakis (Director), Yannis Nannou (Woodworker), Blaine Reininger, (Musician & Composer), Apostolos Touplikiotis (Forester - Environmentalist), Ilias Tziritis (WWF Greece Local Action Coordinator), Eleni Tzoura (Firefighter), Daktylios LP, Omada gia ton Kosmo Institute, WWF Greece Land Programme, ATHENSWOOD - Logging business, The Green Tank

11 & 12 July 2021, Peiraios 260, Hall D