Iphigenia in Orem | Medea Redux

Filmmaker and playwright Neil LaBute has been acclaimed for his edgy and unsettling portrayal of human relationships.

In his collection of latterday plays “bash” he touches on tragedies from Greek legends through a dark and contemporary vision of casual atrocity, “a matter of fact brutality” as he puts it, where understandable individuals of ordinary lifestyle inflict pain on themselves and others in the name of prosaic goals with socially insignificant results.

In “Iphigenia in Orem” a businessman confesses how and why he witnessed his five month old daughter die. In “Medea Redux” a woman under interrogation explains how her past love affair with her teacher has led to the murder of her fourteen year old son. Each piece is a testament to the creeping horror of a murderer whose life goes on.

“LaBute explores the banality of evil … for those who crave edgy, provocative theatre.” Boston Herald

Ο δημιουργός ταινιών (In the Company of Men, Your Friends & Neighbours, Nurse Betty) και θεατρικός συγγραφέας (The Shape of Things, The Mercy Seat) Neil LaBute έχει εξυμνηθεί από κριτικούς για την ντόμπρα και ανησυχαστική απεικόνιση των ανθρωπίνων σχέ­σεων στα έ­ργα του.

Στη συλλογή του «σύγχρονα έ­ργα: bash” αγγίζει μύθους Ελληνικών τραγωδιών μέ­σα από έ­να σκοτεινό και μοντέ­ρνο όραμα «πρόχειρης κτηνωδίας», όπου άτομα προσιτά και απλά που ζουν μια κανονική καθημερινότητα προκαλούν πόνο στον εαυτό τους και τους άλλους στο όνομα πεζών στόχων με κοινωνικά ασήμαντα αποτελέσματα.

Στην «Ιφιγένεια εν Όρεμ» έ­νας επιχειρηματίας εξομολογείται πώς και γιατί ήταν μάρτυρας στο θάνατο της κόρης του, πέ­ντε μηνών. Στην «Μήδεια Επανερχόμενη» μια ανακρινόμενη γυναίκα εξηγεί πώς η σχέ­ση της με το δάσκαλο της στο παρελθόν οδήγησε στο φόνο του 14-χρονου γιου της. Κάθε κομμάτι είναι μια κατάθεση στην ύπουλη φρίκη ενός δολοφόνου του οποίου η ζωή συνεχίζεται.

Η Boston Herald έγραψε: «Ο LaBute εξερευνεί πόσο μπανάλ είναι το «κακό»… γι’ αυτούς που διψούν για άμεσο, προκλητικό θέ­ατρο.»


Performances and Bookings

7-25 May 2008
Wed / Fri / Sat / Sun
Theatro Ena Nicosia
Tickets: 2243 9838 (8.30 – 13.30)
& Box Office open on performance days from 5.30 pm,
Tel. 2234 8203

Thursday, 29 May 2008
Markidion Municipal Theatre
Tickets from Moufflon Bookshop: 2693 4850

Friday & Saturday, 30-31 May 2008
B’ Municipal Market, Theatro Ena Limassol
Tickets: 9645 8399

All performances start at 8.30 pm.
Tickets €17.00 and concessions €12.00 for students, military and senior citizens (ID required).
Reserved tickets must be collected from the box office at least 24 hours before the performance.


From Neil LaBute’s bash: latterday plays

With Andreas Araouzos & Lucy Christy
Directed by Andreas Christodoulides
Designed by Maria Hadjikleanthous


Σχόλια που έγραψαν θεατές μας:

I’ve never been to anything alpha square has done that hasn’t been good! (S.E.)

I’m in a state of shock! The script is brilliant and I needed to see good acting and you showed me everything. Bravo! Bravo! Bravo! (C.M.)

Outstanding! (C.K.)

I was so moved by the performance. I thought both plays were really wonderful! Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to enjoy great theatre. (K.S.)

You both held the audience absolutely. The quality of production, direction and acting were incredibly high and combined to make a challenging, disturbing evening – precisely what the theatre is for. Seriously impressed! (P.S.)

Warmest Congratulations on a most entertaining and interesting performance. I found the acting of a very high standard indeed! (E.M.)

Thank you for a superb performance, gripping and so close to life. (A.A.)

Sincerest congratulations! This work satisfies all those who care to search through mature language and not through fake extravagance. I thoroughly enjoyed it and was left emotionally charged! (M.P.)

Riveting! I was completely drawn into the two lives. Harrowing material, but a most satisfying experience. (R.K.)

You were both truly superb… not words of kindness but appreciation, awe and enjoyment. More please! (Y.K.)

What a ferocious amount of work, attention to detail and energy! I do congratulate you for continuing to bring edgy, unconventional material to the Cyprus theatre scene. Bravo. (A.D.)