Theater Productions

The Forest

Polyplanity Productions-The Forest
DIRECTED BY: Sophia Marathaki
Athens & Epidaurus Festival, Peiraios 260, Hall D
11 & 12 July 2021
Polyplanity Productions-The Forest

What if humankind’s ‘peaceful’ co-existence with nature turns out to be one of the utopias of the 21st century?
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.

Conceived and directed by: Sofia Marathaki
Adapted for the theatre: 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
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