My Mother's Sin by G. Vizyenos Rena Kyprioti

Tour in US Universities

The performance “My Mother's Sin” by G. Vizyenos, placed already under the auspices of the General Secretariat of Greeks Abroad - Hellenic Republic Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Hellenic Republic Ministry of Tourism and the Greek National Tourism Organization - will be presented for the first time in English. The performance is going to travel around the US in November 2018 and will be presented at universities and a wider audience of Hellenism abroad.

“My Mother’s Sin”, an autobiographical short story written by Georgios Vizyenos in 1883, speaks on forgiveness, guilt and atonement in a confessional manner. The aim of this novel reveals Vizyenos's therapeutic confession beyond Greek borders.

The story's central figure is Annio, a sickly little girl, around whom the plot revolves.

We follow the course of Annio’s illness and the mother's vain efforts to save her, in order to redeem herself from a hidden sin.

With all of her attention on Annio, the mother’s relationship with her three other sons gradually fades. Following the death of her daughter, the mother proceeds to wash way her sadness by adopting little girls, evoking reactions from her sons.


Director's Note


One body both transmitter and receiver of speech, encompasses all the characters, the souls and the voices, of both the living and the dead. One by one each emerges in order for its own voice to be heard. Guided by poetry, rhythm and musicality a static body gradually arrives at a state of conflict with itself. A human enacts the drama, reviving the ancient trauma and gets one step closer to the Platonic A-litheia*.

A-litheia means "Truth" in Greek. α-ληθεια = α (=non) + ληθη (=loss of memory). Α-litheia is the disestablishment of oblivion, the regaining of memory.


Tour November 2018

Harvard University – Monday,12 November, 2018

Yale University – Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Columbia University – Saturday, 17 November 2018

Floridan Palace Hotel, Tampa, Florida -  Thursday, 29 November, 2018

University of Illinois at Chicago –  Wednesday, 5 December, 2018



Adaptation:Rena Kyprioti

Direction:  Danae Roussou

Intepretation: Rena Kyprioti  

Music Composer: Nikos Kypourgos

Costume:Vana Giannoula

Lighting: Danae Roussou

Graphic Design: Paris Mexis

Trailer : Giorgos Nikopoulos

Production manager: Eirini Vourlakou

Production coordinator:Ilektra Kalaitzaki

Production:POLYPLANITY Productions


Under the Auspices of the General Secretariat of Greek Abroad

Under The Auspices of The Ministry of Tourism

Under The Auspices of The Greek National Tourism Organisation


In collaboration and support by:

Consulate General of Greece in Boston 

Consulate General of Greece in Chicago

Consulate General of Greece in New York

Consulate General of Greece in Tampa   

The Program of Hellenic Studies at Columbia University

Harvard Greek Film Society

Yale McMillan Center Hellenic Studies Program 

School of Theatre and Music University of Illinois Chicago


Kindly sponsored by:

Αthens International Airport

Paras associates architects

Michael Cacoyannis Foundation

Floridan Palace


Thanks to:


Icarus Mesogeia






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