“In Laws from Tirana”, the theatrical comedy by M. Reppas and T. Papathanasiou, travels to New York for the spring season. The play has been the biggest box office success in Greece during the last four years. It gained the applause of the audience and remarkable critiques from all theatre critics. The play was first staged at the theater «Labeti» the year 2008.
It is a hilarious comedy satirizing the modern upstart Greek villager and his post-modern racist bahaviour, directed by Ioanna Katsarou, and is about to be presented by the theatrical organization “Greek Cultural Center”.
“Maybe the characters of the play can give us a hint on how and why Greece came to the present situation”, I. Katsarou points out when asked by the Greek Service of the Voice of America. The director seems to believe that the play will be popular among the Greeks of America, as they know firsthand what migration and racism mean. “They know what it feels like to be alone in a foreign country, away from home, what it feels like to be discriminated against and treated disrespectfully”, she explains.
Participating actors are: Dimitris Mpozinis, Tina Yiotopoulou, Christos Alexandridis, Theodora Louka, Antonis Armeftis, Sofia Tsekoura, Christina Siapkara, Akis Ntonos and Nikos Karras.
Referring to the power of Art and its influence on people, the director stresses that it can make people and forces come together, it can form identities and shape opinions. “Two of the most important ‘ingredients’ of an identity are language and culture”, she says. “Art and only Art can help people overcome their suspicions and fears and make them accept new ideas”, concludes I.Katsarou.