The Bench

The Bench - Alexander Gelman
Opening: Lazaristes Monastery - Studio Theatre, 05/05/2016

Alexander Gelman, one of the most significant playwrights of his time, wrote the Bench in 1983. Since then it has been translated and played in thirty countries and it keeps being played, due to its profound human angle but also to its bitter humour that renders it timeless and up to date in a tragicomic way.

It was written in the Soviet Union of the eighties, the period before its fall, when arbitrage and corruption prevail. The society is at an impasse as well as its people. They dream of another life somewhere else, somehow differently. They get away to other worlds, to other people’s lives, they create fictional stories, they evade a suffocating and intolerable routine, claiming for an efflorescence.  

It’s a tragicomic story of two lonely people. One day they find each other in the public park. He and She bring on stage the most vivid, the most prolific of the themes, Love. They walk together the route from lie to truth. A route in which lie is confused with the need for personal freedom, free reflection, ideas. A route that in some moments lie is being the only truth. 

They suffer and practise the everlasting game of duel between man and woman that either shall bring them closer or shall signify their movement towards loneliness. 
Both of them look for a new start, although they already know it’s made long ago…
A story that could take place in every public park, in every country.

Playwright: Alexander Gelman
Movement consultant: Zoi Kollatou
After two successful seasons at the Vault Theatre in Athens the performance comes at the NTNG
Lazaristes Monastery - Studio Theatre (05/05/2016 - 08/05/2016)
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