Theater Productions

Epitrepontes (“The Arbitration”)

Polyplanity Productions-Epitrepontes (“The Arbitration”)
DIRECTED BY: Vassilis Mavrogeorgiou
Athens Epidaurus Festival Little Theatre of Ancient Epidaurus
22/07 until 23/07/2022
Polyplanity Productions-Epitrepontes (“The Arbitration”)

Epitrepontes (“The Arbitration” or “The Litigants”) is one of Menander’s greatest comedies. The plot is set around a romance unfolding during a nocturnal festivity dedicated to goddess Artemis, at a time when the notion of consent was questionable and men forcing themselves on women was considered a valid practice. The main heroine seeks equality, independence, and social liberation, not unlike contemporary women. However, everything tends to take place secretly, furtively, leading to a series of hilarious misunderstandings, which can be seen as either comic or tragic, depending on the viewpoint. Through reversals of fortune, and social and divine twists, the two heroes get married and… live happily ever after. Attempting to sanctify everything that has transpired before, the finale casts the characters and their actions in an ambiguous light and constitutes the central question of the present performance. A musical comedy drawing on humor in order to open up a discussion on romantic love and the relationship of the sexes in the present.

Adapted and directed by Vassilis Mavrogeorgiou
Set design: Thalia Melissa
Costume design: Vasiliki Syrma
Lighting design: Alekos Anastasiou
Music: Nikos Kypourgos
Musical coaching: Giorgos Fountoukos
Lyrics: Julia Diamantopoulou
Movement: Paris Mantopoulos
Sound engineer: Kostas Bokos
English translation: Themelis Glynatsis
Assistants to the director: Kali Voikli, Dialechti Poursanidou
Assistant to the set designer: Elli Papadaki
Assistants to the costume designer: Elli Papadaki, Konstantina Daktylidi
Production assistant: Nikos Charalampidis
Set construction: Stelios Lampadarios
Costume construction for the male actors: Giorgos Parliaros
Costume construction for the female actors: Evangelia Tsiouni
Hat construction: Nikolas Papadopoulos
Make up & Prosthetics: Evi Zafeiropoulou
Props painted by: Natalia Fragathoula
Photos: Patroklos Skafidas
Cast (in alphabetical order): Dafni David, Iovi Fragatou, Anna Kalaitzidou, Yorgos Pyrpassopoulos, Marios Sarantidis, Lydia Tzanoudaki
Also featuring (in alphabetical order): Christos Dalkyriadis, Dialekti Poursanidou
Musicians (in alphabetical order): Giorgos Fountoukos, Nikos Goumas, Artemis Vavatsika
Executive production: POLYPLANITY PRODUCTIONS / Yolanda Markopoulou & Vicky Strataki
Special thanks to Moraitis School for providing their courtyard for rehearsals and to musician Angelos Polychronou for recording the percussion that can be heard during the performance.
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