“To hell with the truth. Only the lie of a dream keeps us alive,
all of us, drunk or sober…” phrase of a hero of the play
THE Akyllas Karazisis, the first invited director under the artistic direction of Dimitris Karantzas at Proscenium Theatretakes over the direction of Eugene O’Neill’s rare work, “Pagopolis is coming”, from Wednesday, February 22.
The Place is the back room and part of Harry Hope’s bar, in a working-class neighborhood of an American metropolis. The Time: the summer of 1912, but it could be today. Ex-anarchists, ex-gamblers, ex-students, ex-plaisiers, ex-bartenders, and current punks make up the idiosyncratic commons of this bar.
In this unsettled world of drunken dreamers, the waiting and arrival of the star of the evening gives movement. Hickey, an itinerant playboy, who comes every year on this day and sparks the ultimate rabble. But this time he comes transformed. From here on, the play, like any self-respecting tragedy, has conflicts, murders, loves and many more spiritual adventures. It constantly balances between the police and the social drama, the fantastic and the realistic, between Noir and a quirky road movie Room.
In order to represent this world, we employ all theatrical means: realism but also large theatrical form, representation but also narration, prose and song, and of course music with a live jukebox.
And all this Waiting for the Iceman. But who the hell is the ice cream man?
THE ICE CREAM SELLER IS COMING
of Eugene O’Neill
directed by Akylla Karazisi
February – April 2023
Elena Topalidou, Akyllas Karazisis,
Giorgos Katsis, Hara Mata Giannatou, Konstantinos Plemmenos,
Elina Rizou, Gary Solomon
Translation: Antonis Galeos
Directing/Dramaturgy: Akyllas Karazisis
Scenery: Konstantinos Skourletis
Costumes: Ioanna Tsami
Music: Gary Solomon
Lighting: Marietta Pavlakis
Director’s assistant: Georgia Kanellopoulou
Photos & Artwork: Kalambaka Gel
Communication & Public Relations: Olga Pavlatou
PROGRAM OF PERFORMANCES
from February 22
Wednesday – 19:00
Thursday – 20:00
Friday – 21:00
Saturday – 18:00 & 21:00
Sunday – 19:00
8 Kapnokoptiriou, Athens