New Greek drama on the radio – Third Programme
Yannis Constantinidis attempts a violent re-reading of Jakob Michael Reinhold Lenz’s (1751-1792) play The Tutor, or the Advantages of Private Education. Constantinidis delivers a complex story of faith and betrayal, set in Prussia in 1774. The unjust manage to go unpunished without any consequences, whereas the just ones are eliminated in various ways, victims of their own impasses. This re-reading of Lenz’s play is largely inspired by Brecht, who also adapted Lenz’s play in 1950, in order to castigate intellectuals' “relationships of service and flattery” with the economic powers that be, in the process enjoying the benefits of a comfortable life. Constantinidis’ text is different from the original in the sense that it acknowledges that the “bourgeois class tasked with the dissemination of culture, intellect, moral laws, and the defence of the social cohesion” retains the basic right to demand a comfortable life. However, the play stays glassily aloof in the face of those intellectuals’ suffering: this privileged class meets its doom to its unwillingness and inability to hold its own. The play’s twenty characters will be portrayed by ten actors.
*At the Garden of Peiraios 260, radio producers of the Third Programme station of the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT) will host music concerts of various genres (Baroque, jazz, Athens period music) in live radio broadcasting: a highly original concept
Direction: Vangelis Theodoropoulos
Sound engineers: Kostas Yannakopoulos, Nikos Theodorakopoulos
Actors: Themis Bazaka, Manos Vakousis, Thanasis Zeritis, Gerasimos Michelis, George Christodoulou, Michael Ikonomou, Tasos Pirgieris, Nancy Sideri, Stavros Giannouladis, Manolis Mavromatakis
Presentation: Mara Kaloudi
Music supervision: Nestor Kopsidas