Karagkiozis the Great

1999-2000 National Theatre of Northern Greece
Karagkiozis the Great - Fotos Politis
Opening: Thessaloniki, Municipal Garden Theatre (Theatro Kipou), 01/08/2000

The play, written by Fotos Politis in 1924, depicts life in Greece and satirizes the need for progress, which is often manipulated by the agents of authority. The world-weary character of Emiris tries to find ways for his country to recover following its liberation. The advice of the wise old-man Abdoulah are read as an expression of the need to find a new leader. The main characteristics of this new ruler will be ignorance, recklessness, freshness, childlike nature, perpetual joy and unfading good spirit. These traits, naturally, point to Karagiozis, who unsuspectingly and instantaneously is transformed into the sovereign of the country. Misunderstandings, humorous incidents and comic scenes pervade the whole play, which is an assemblage of all typical shadow characters related to the Greek national hero: Kollitirs, Chatziavatis, Veli-Gkekas, Morfonios, Salomon, barba-Giorgos, etc.

Playwright: Fotos Politis
Director: Giannis Rigas
Adaptation: Giannis Rigas
Choreography: Anastasia Theofanidou
Music Instruction: Nikos Voudouris
Assistant Director: Υannis Anastasakis
13 performances - 7.761 spectators
Thessaloniki, Municipal Garden Theatre (Theatro Kipou) (01/08/2000 - 03/08/2000)
Summer Tour (10/08/2000 - 09/09/2000)
Thessaloniki tour (30/08/2000 - 02/09/2000)
Theatro Dassous (13/09/2000 - 14/09/2000)