Vassiliko Theatre
“Scorched” (Incendies) by Wajdi Mouawad
Directed by Io Voulgaraki
Two siblings, after their mother’s death and the enigmatic testament that she leaves behind, face a difficult mission. This will lead them to a group of unexpected encounters with faces from their mother’s traumatic past in the blood-stained Middle East and will be the road to unbearable and, at the same time, redeeming self-awareness.
DATES: 02/02/2018 – 21/04/2019
DAYS & TIMES: Wednesday at 18:00, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 20:30, Sunday at 19:00
ENGLISH SURTITLES: every Friday (from 15/02)
RUNNING TIME: 150 min (including interval)
TICKET SALES: NTNG Box Offices (Τ. 2315 200 200) | | Τ. 11876 

Director’s Note
The story’s fraternal twins are called to fulfill their mother’s last wishes. In case they accomplish their mission, at the end of this long way towards adulthood, there is a secret hidden for many years; a secret regarding their birth deeply buried by the irrational violence of the war. It was further covered by History and well-kept by silence. However, it’s time this secret was revealed. But, “some truths can only be revealed if you discover them by yourself”.
"Incendies" by Wajdi Mouawad is actually a poem; a poem written with mathematical accuracy. The geometry of its plot would be incomplete without the thick and so deeply moving speech and vice versa. All action is evolved at the present time, in the past or during a fictional time which does not really exist. The play keeps up with all these time leaps and competes with this condition, refusing realism and trying to say that finally time does not really exist. The only thing that still exists is the human being, capable of both achieving the miracle and committing the most horrible things.

Maybe this kind of contradiction lives/is placed in the heart of the play defining it as a modern tragedy. Maybe this kind of contradiction allows us to believe –without being naive– in miracles.

Io Voulgaraki
PS. The production is dedicated to the memory of the great Lithuanian director Eimuntas Nekrošious who died in November 2018.
Wajdi Mouawad

Over the past twenty years Wajdi Mouawad has established himself, both in Canada and in Europe, as a uniquely original player on the contemporary theatre scene, acclaimed for his direct and uncompromising narratives and his spare and compelling theatre aesthetic. In all his work, from his own plays (over fifteen to date, including Tideline, Scorched, Forests and Heavens and adaptations (including Céline’s Journey to the End of the Night and Cervantes’ Don Quixote), the productions he has directed (including Macbeth, The Trojan Women and Three Sisters ), to novels (Visage Retrouvé, Anima ) Wajdi Mouawad expresses the conviction that “art bears witness to human existence through the prism of beauty”. Wajdi Mouawad’s plays have been translated in more than twenty languages and presented in all parts of the world, including Great-Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, Mexico, Australia and the United-States. In April 2016, he was appointed as director for the National Theatre in Paris, La Colline.
Translation: Efi Giannopoulou
Direction: Io Voulgaraki
Sets: Anna Fedorova
Costumes: Maria Mylona
Music: Giorgos Christianakis
Movement: Alexandra Kazazou
Lighting: Alekos Anastasiou
Music Instruction: Nikos Voudouris
Video Art: Marios Gampierakis, Chrysoula Korovesi
Assistant Director: Efi Christodoulopoulou
Second Assistant Director: Sofia Lacombe
Assistant Set-Costume Designer: Dimitra Giovani
Special construction-Sculpture: Anastasios Kelemidis
Production Photography: Tasos Thomoglou
Production Coordinator: Athanasia Androni

Markos Gettos: Wahab
Danai Epithymiadi: Jeanne
Εleni Thymiopoulou: Sawda, Elhame
Nikos Kapelios: Doctor, Mansour
Giorgos Κafkas: Hermile Lebel
Dimitris Kotzias: Abdelmalak
Αndreas Κoutsourelis: Abdessamad
Εfstathia Lagiokapa: Nawal, 14-19 years old
Ntina Μichailidou: Nawal, 60-64 years old
Grigoris Papadopoulos: Photographer, Militiaman, Ralph
Kostas Santas: Chamsedinne
Evi Sarmi: Nawal, 40-45 years old
Dimitris Siakaras: Fahim
Christos Stylianou: Nihad
Orestis Chalkias: Simon
Κonstantinos Chatzisavvas: Antoine