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Kazantzakis’ Christ Recrucified in Toronto

One of the major Greek cultural events in years, the theatrical production of  He Who Must Die, will be performed in Richmond Hill, Ontario on Jan. 4-6, 2013.

Based on Nikos Kazantzakis’ Christ Re-crucified, this powerful dramatic play will be performed in English. It is a charitable production supporting the AHEPA Toronto Scholarship Fund, The Hellenic Heritage Foundation and the Geneva Centre for Autism.

He Who Must Die is set in the Greek village of Lycovrissi in Asia Minor, which is under Turkish occupation in 1922. The village stages a passion play every seven years. The village council casts a shepherd boy to play Jesus. The town saddle-maker is chosen as Judas. The village widow plays Mary Magdalene.

The rest of the disciples are also chosen. As the play unfolds, the Passion Play becomes a reality. A group of Greek refugees, uprooted and impoverished after uprising against their Turkish overlords, arrive in Lycovrissi led by their priest.

The wealthier citizens of the town want nothing to do with the refugees and cast them out — but the shepherd boy and his disciples intercede. In the context of the 1920’s each of the characters plays out their biblical role in actuality. The play is a testament to the Greek independent spirit and showcases Greek music, dance, culture, history and faith.

The play features many leading Greek-Canadian stage actors, Greek Canadian Mezzo-Soprano Ariana Chris, and an original score of music recorded by Pavlo. Performances are to be held in Richmond Hill Performing Arts Centre. Tickets are available online for $49.00 for adults and $44.00 for Seniors and Students. More information is available at the Boxoffice  905-787-8811 or at or via email to

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