Oedipus | by the International Theatre in English

 

Oedipus Rex tells the story of how Theban King Oedipus caused his own downfall because of the choices he made. It is a criticism on the notion that fate guides us.  Once hailed as the hero of a thriving Thebes, Oedipus finds himself in the centre of a crisis: the plague has struck the city. Blind to his own blame, he is convinced external forces are the cause of his people’s predicament.  As Europe recovers from a painful credit crisis (perhaps a modern plague), the lessons of this classic tragedy echo as a reminder that it is up to the people to control their destiny and that fate should not be blamed for what are the consequences of free will.

Cintia Taylor

International Theatre in English and Theodora Voutsa present

Oedipus Rex

by Sophocles

A Performance

in English, Greek, Dutch, Italian, French, Spanish, Turkish.

Together we can bring theatre to Life!

Performances’ dates and times:

February 27th, 2015 at 20:00

February 28th, 2015 at 20:00

March 1st, 2015 at 19:00

@ the Theatre of the University of Amsterdam, Nieuwe Doelenstraat 16

to book your seat please contact tlamproductions@gmail.com

Directed by Theodora Voutsa

Musical Direction by Selim Dogru

Producer: Theodora Voutsa, Executive Producer: Despoina Moisiadou, Translation: Theodora Voutsa, Adaptation: Cintia Taylor- Agnes Zenta,  Choreographer: Janusz Madej, Body Movement and Additional Choreography: Melanja Pallita, Costume Designer: Tamira Lankamp, Light Designer: Dirk Blom, Assistant Director: Cintia Taylor, Stage Manager: Cintia Taylor, Assistant Costume Designer: Penny Moysiadou, Graphic Designer: Huseyin Karadelli

 Cast:Laurens de Groot, Simona Beltrami, Christine Blakeley, Henrietta Bryant, Andy Cowie, Francis Cox, Muge Ergecen, Murat Gur, Serkan Kaba, Ken Kitchen,Vasiliki Koutrouli, Bianca Latendorf, Johan Statius Muller, Brian Pagan, Hale Parlayan, Cristina Rotariu, Nico Samaras, Alexander Singh, Marc Staljanssens, Xenia Tombrou, Sandy Topzand, Ceren Unsal, Eleftheria Vakaki, Tineke Van Der Vorst, Blanche Belamide, Nirvan Singh- Dancers: 2pR by Christos Pastras.

Workshop by Theodora Voutsa presents a unique event in Amsterdam, Netherlands- the World Premiere ofSophocles’ “Oedipus Rex” in English, Greek, Dutch, Italian, French, Spanish, Turkish.

This production is a compelling piece of history which will bring together many cultures to recount the epic tale of Man and Destiny.

This original adaptation came about from a desire to integrate communities and share language, culture and emotion whilst exploring the Art of the Theatre.

The rehearsal part of this production is a Workshop.  The actors participating will be taught the Los Angeles Method. To achieve perfect communication, a balanced quartet of body, voice, emotion and intellect is required.  We will work on all four. Through the Los Angeles Method the participants will learn how to make dynamic choices, both on stage and in their lives. We will explore how the characters negotiate life and then teach the Actors how to replicate the character from their own needs and life experiences. We will incorporate classical Greek poems and teach them to the international cast, as well as works from great Dutch and International writers. We will work on masks and classical training for Ancient Greek Tragedies ( Logos). We will marry the Ancient Greek Culture and Art of the Theatre with Dutch Artists who will design the costumes and set. Through this performance we will showcase the Music and marry it with Dutch and international sounds.

The Cast of the production of Oedipus Rex in Amsterdam will be an International one. The number of the members of the company will be 32. It will include professional as well as amateur actors, musicians, dancers and Artists. We believe that the power of Sophocles’ work can guide professionals and amateurs alike.  We want to give Artists the chance to taste the grandeur of his words and the strength of his emotions.

 

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About the director:

Theodora was recently interviewed by NBC for her charity work.

By Giacinta Pace

Theodora Voutsa is a Greek actress and producer. Over the years she has starred in six television series and participated in numerous films including “The Free Diver” directed by Alki David with A. Baldwin, C.Rutherford and J. Nelson.

Voutsa has also acted on stage in Athens in plays by such greats as Moliere, Shakespeare, Wilde and Coward. She had the honor of performing in Epidaurus and Irodion in Ancient Greek Theaters with the National Theatre of Northern Greece.

This Jane-of-all-trades also recently published a book about her famous father called, “Thoughts of My Father.”

Italian Press on Theodora’s work:

Voutsa che restituisce senso e intenzione al di là del significato stretto delle parole con la sua magistrale panica e universale capacità espressiva e comunicativa (per cui il pubblico giura di capire quel che dice in greco) e l’autorevole seraficità di Sandra Paternostro la cui regalità nella recitazione le deriva dalla capacità di incarnare certo immaginario collettivo inglese classico sulla donna antica greco-romana che tramite il Bardo è arrivata alla contemporaneità .

Our Supporters:

The Greek Embassy in the Netherlands.

Department of Modern Greek Studies, Universiteit van Amsterdam.

 

Our Sponsors:

Department of Modern Greek Studies, Universiteit van Amsterdam

Philipse & Co

Olivity

Stama Studio

Andre Baker Photography

The Greek Community in Amsterdam- http://www.ellines.nl.

M City. Authentic and Modern Accessories.

 

“Count no man happy

till he dies, free of pain

at last.”

oedipus. sophocles

 

 

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Antigone | by the International Theatre in English

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Antigone, daughter of the doomed King Oedipus, defies the orders of the State’s ruler, Creon, and buries her brother Polynikis. Her act of love and rebellion triggers a sequence of dramatic events surrounding hers and Creon’s unbending stances. But it is Antigone’s courage, bravery and faith in love that touches us the most.  After all, as her own sister conformingly tells her, “You ought to realise we are only women, not meant in nature to fight against men.”

 

“Antigone” is about the underdog who fights the system, it is a play where the protagonist is a strong young woman; something rare even nowadays.

In “Oedipus” everything goes wrong, “Antigone” is our chance to make things right and stand up for our values and our beliefs as individuals.

Today we think that equality of the sexes, basic freedom rights and individuality are a given. The numbers unfortunately tell a different story. Women are still not equal to men, rights are being violated and societies express religious, political and social pressure on the individual through demagogues and extremists.

 

This is why it is important for the audiences of 2016 to experience “Antigone”. As Aristotle states “the theatre brings out a catharsis to the audience”, art can be therapeutic and suggest calls to action for matters important to the society and the well being of us all.

Tragedy is about people trying to do the right thing but making mistakes along the way.

Let’s learn from their mistakes and not repeat them in our future. Let’s break the cycle and leave a better world for our daughters and sons.

This is what Antigone fights for.

#DareToBeAGirl

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Antigone is the second production by iTie – The International Theatre in English, part of the Stichting TheodoraVoutsaProductions. Performed by a cast of 30 Dutch and international Artists, it is a multidisciplinary production that pays homage to all the women who once dared to be a girl.

 

Directed by: Theodora Voutsa

 

Translation by: Theodora Voutsa

Adaptation by: Cintia Taylor and Theodora Voutsa | Original Work by Cintia Taylor

Music by: Simone Giacomini

Choreography by : Melanja Palitta

Datum: 11 & 12 Maart 2016, 20:30  and November 4th and 25th, 2016 at Het Compagnietheater.

http://www.compagnietheater.nl/voorstelling/antigone.html

Entrée:

. Contributor: €17,50

. Fellow: €35 (rows 2 & 3 and several privileges)

. Benefactor: €50 (row 1, concierge ticketing and VIP benefits)

Check the TVP website for more information on ticket-benefits: 

http://theodoravoutsaproductions.com/book-your-seat

The performances of “Antigone” on November 4 and 25 are supported by the

Greek National Tourism Organisation.

 

 

Cast:

Caroline Bech, Gerben Tuin, Simona Beltrami, Chandler Bullock, Blanche Belamide, Christine Blaneley, Matthew Carney, Francis Cox, Hale Ceylan, Anna Divani, Laurens De Groot, Imra Dincer, Muge Ergecen, Vasiliki Koutrouli, Murat Gur, Serkan Kaba, Ken Kitchen, Lisa Luca, Elisha Moore, Amelie Onzon, Brian Pagan, Perikles Panagouleas, Leon Van Waas, Martha Van Der Bly, Caroline Stas, Christine Bolis, Iris Wester.

Special appearances by: Saskia Houttin, Sophie van Leeuwen

 Guest StarringAdrian Brine as Tiresias

 

Crew:

Translation: Theodora Voutsa, Adaptation: Cintia Taylor and Theodora Voutsa, Original Work and Dialogue by Cintia Taylor, Music: Simone Giacomini, Choreography: Melanja Palitta, Lights: Chico Wadilie, Costumes: Katerina Papanikolaou, Executive Producer: Theodora Voutsa and Greta Oros, Stage Manager: Despoina Kairi, Production Administrator: Despoina Moisiadou, Assistant to the Production: Kyra Pyromali, Assistant to costume designer: Olga Papadima, Administrative: Chiara Graniero

Directed by Theodora Voutsa

 

Stichting Theodora Voutsa Productions

Board:

Nityen Lal, Nikos Patiniotakis, Margarita Hadjinasiou.

Advisory Board:

Hans Kemna, San Fu Maltha, Robert De Hoog

http://theodoravoutsaproductions.com/board

 

 

Sponsored by:

http://theodoravoutsaproductions.com/sponsors-and-supporters

The performances of “Antigone” on November 4 and 25 are supported by the

Greek National Tourism Organisation.

Greek Food Tales

I am Expat Netherlands

and the Greek Community in Amsterdam.

 

The TVP Foundation would like to thank

for their support:

Hans Kemna,

Cameron Duncan,  the Greek Community in Amsterdam,

Dirk Blom, Selim Dogru, Dr. Sheetal Shah, Sandy Topzand,

Saskia Maas, Edgar Nijman,  Chiara Graniero, ACT, Youval Kuipers, Eleni Skarveli, Tatiana Markaki,  The Professional Women’s Network,

Het Compagnietheater and

Jacqueline van Benthem.

 

The performances of “Antigone” on November 4 and 25 are supported by the

Greek National Tourism Organisation.

 

100 Theatre Plays that can change the way you perceive Life.

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You are an Artist; whether you work in the theatre, in you are a dancer, an accountant, an entrepreneur, a salesperson- you are an Artist. You can take nothings and make them into somethings.

Here is a list of 100 theatre plays that can change the way you perceive Life. These plays will make you laugh, cry, think, will challenge you and empower you, will make you face the wall, will ask you questions, will give you answers. These plays will help you exercise your creative imagination and be able to find solutions to your life's challenges.

  1. Poetics by Aristotle.
  2. Oresteia by Aeschylus
  3. Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus
  4. Theban Plays by Sophocles
  5. Iphigenia in Tauris by Euripides
  6. Hippolytus by Euripides
  7. The Acharnians by Aristophanes
  8. Lysistrata by Aristophanes
  9. Dyskolos by Menander
  10. Amphitryon by Plautus
  11. Phaedra by Seneca
  12. The recognition of Shakuntala by Kalidasa
  13. Sonnets by Shakespeare
  14. Richard III by Shakespeare
  15. Taming of the Shrew by Shakespeare
  16. Hamlet by Shakespeare
  17. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  18. Ralph Roister Doister by Nicholas Udall
  19. Eufemia by Lope de Rueda
  20. The Spanish Tragedy by Thomas Kyd
  21. The Jew of Malta by Christopher Marlowe
  22. Madness in Valencia by Lope de Vega
  23. Le Cid by Pierre Corneille
  24. Phedre by Racine
  25. The Bourgeois Gentleman by Moliere
  26. Tartuffe by Moliere
  27. The Beggar’s Opera by John Gay
  28. Oedipe by Voltaire
  29. The Servant of Two Masters by Goldoni
  30. Mozart and Salieri by Alexander Pushkin
  31. Danton’s Death by Georg Buchner
  32. Woyzeck by Georg Buchner
  33. The Italian Straw Hat by Eugene Labiche
  34. A Doll’ s House by Henrik Ibsen
  35. Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen
  36. Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen
  37. Miss Julie by August Strindberg
  38. Dreamplay by August Strindberg
  39. Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
  40. Caesar and Cleopatra by George Bernard Shaw
  41. Cathleen ni Houlihan by W.B. Yeats
  42. Three Sisters by Anton Checkov
  43. The Cherry Orchard by Anton Checkov
  44. Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand
  45. Children of the Sun by Maxim Gorky
  46. A Flea in her ear by Georges Feydeau
  47. Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello
  48. Street Scene by Elmer Rice
  49. Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward
  50. Juno and the Paycock by Sean O’Casey
  51. The threepenny opera by Bertol Brecht
  52. The Madwoman of Chaillot by Jean Giraudoux
  53. Antigone by Jean Annuilh
  54. Yerma by Federico Garcia Lorca
  55. Our Town by Thornton Wilder
  56. A Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
  57. The Rose Tatoo by Tennessee Williams
  58. Mourning Becomes Electra by Eugene O’Neil
  59. Long Day’s Journey into Night by Eugene O’Neil
  60. The Maids by Jean Genet
  61. Rhinoceros by Ionesco
  62. The Bald Soprano by Ionesco
  63. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
  64. A view from the Bridge by Arthur Miller
  65. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
  66. Look back in Anger by John Osborne
  67. Waiting for Lefty by Clifford Odets
  68. Awake and Sing by Clifford Odets
  69. The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter
  70. A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
  71. Barefoot in the park by Neil Simon
  72. The Odd Couple by Neil Simon
  73. The Zoo Story by Edward Albee
  74. Who is afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee
  75. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead by Tom Stoppard
  76. Sleuth by Anthony Shaffer
  77. A mouthful of Birds by Caryl Churchill
  78. Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet
  79. Educating Rita by Willy Russell
  80. The Pittsburgh Cycle by August Wilson
  81. The Heidi Chronicles by Wendy Wasserstein
  82. Angels in America by Tony Kushner
  83. Three Fat Virgins by Ovidia Yu
  84. Miss Margarida’s Way by Roberto Athayde
  85. The grapes of Wrath by Frank Galati
  86. Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel
  87. Proof by David Auburn
  88. Red by John Logan
  89. The Elephant Man by Bernard Pomerance
  90. Equus by Peter Shafer
  91. The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
  92. The Cocktail Party by T.S.Eliot
  93. Love!Valour!Compassion by Terrence McNally
  94. Art by Yasmin Reza
  95. Closer by Patrick Marber
  96. August: Osage County by Tracy Letts
  97. Children of a Lesser God by Mark Madoff
  98. Death and the Maiden by Ariel Dorfman
  99. The madness of George III by Alan Bennett
  100. Skylight by David Hare

What are your favourite plays that we should add to this list?

What was the play you saw or read recently that you want to share with us? Why?

Leave your comment below and we will update the list.

Thank you for your contribution.

Theodora is the creator and founder of the TVP Foundation which operates through two main venues: The International Theatre in English and The Los Angeles Method. You can read more about her work here.

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How Theatre Changed Our Lives.

In July 2014 I held auditions for Oedipus Rex-World premiere in Amsterdam at the Greek Community centre. 40 people showed up.

In September 2014 we started rehearsals with a cast of 29 International Artists. The cast consisted of professional actors, beginners and amateurs. The role of Oedipus was trusted in a young, upcoming and talented Dutch actor, Laurens De Groot. Most of the principle roles were given to professional or trained actors. The chorus consisted of beginner artists and amateurs.

We could only meet on Saturdays. So we spent the next 24 Saturdays together.

In February 2015 we opened at the theatre of the University of Amsterdam, under the patronage of the Greek Embassy in the Netherlands, with the support of the Department of Modern Greek Studies at the University of Amsterdam and the support of the National Greek Organisation of Tourism.

We were sold out for all performances.

These are a couple of our reviews on social media:

“A wave of energetic drama swept over me last night at the premiere. Hats off everyone. I have complete admiration for Theodora in having the nerve, guts and stamina to direct and produce such a daunting project. It’s a huge challenge to put on this ancient masterpiece with its chilling and thought-provoking emotions. All the actors did their utmost to project this. Amazing choreography of the chorus’s movements, stark strong decor, sober dramatic costumes, perfect lighting and a tremendous very effective musical score. Never a dull moment. Enjoyed experiencing this. Congratulations all of you.” Michael Lasoff

“Every once in a while you see a production that takes your breath away. Or makes you feel like you’ve been punched in the gut. Which is good. And this is one.
Theater should move you, and this production did that for me.
As the audience enters, the citizens of Thebes move around on stage supplicating to the gods and their king, powerfully underscored musically, setting the mood of desperation. A powerful choice, right from the start. And it just goes on from there.
There were powerful and moving individual performances and monologues carrying the story of Oedipus, who slowly learns of his fate, as in a detective story avant la lettre.
Great praise to Laurens de Groot for Oedipus, Teri Vakaki for Jocasta, and Andy Cowie for Creon. Special praise for Henrietta Bryant for her performance of the maid to report the death of Jocasta and the blinding of Oedipus.
But in fact everyone on stage did a great job. The ensemble work was seamless, each actor continually contributing to the mood, and keeping focus throughout.
Great costume work by Tamira Lankamp, and loved the set! Congratulations Theodora Voutsa for your vision and direction, and to cast and crew for an awesome production!
One more show to go. So if you have not seen it, buy, beg, steal, or borrow for a ticket.” Henny Vos

It was a wonderful experience for the audience as well as for the artists.

Theatre is therapeutical. Theatre can bring communities together. Theatre can teach a human being that they are perfect and 100% responsible of their reality.  Theatre can show a person how they can achieve any goal they set their mind to. Theatre liberates you!

This is the evidence:

“Acting in Theodora Voutsa’s Oedipus Rex has made me a better person. First, rehearsing with Theodora and learning the Los Angeles Method has changed my relationship with myself. I now have a framework and vocabulary for how I experience emotion. Not only do I better understand what I am feeling, I also seek out new emotional experiences rather than avoiding them.

Perhaps more importantly though, the experience has changed how I interact with the world. I better understand not only my own objectives, but those of others around me, which makes me a better colleague, friend, and partner. 

Performing for a sold-out theatre also has some unique benefits. The most obvious of those is the boost in self-confidence that comes from having successfully rehearsed and performed an entire play alongside a talented cast. More subtle though, is that theatre puts the rest of life in perspective. The commitment, focus, and high stakes of putting on our show made it clear that things I had previously felt were huge problems are really only minor annoyances.

I wholeheartedly recommend this to others and can hardly wait to do it again myself.”

Brian Pagan. USA.

“At first, a lot of strangers and chaos. We were a group of individuals who shared an atomic experience and, in the process, formed a cohesive unit.  For many of us, it was a baptism by fire. But, like clay cups, we needed the fire to turn us into fine, strong porcelain. I was often left breathless with love – both given and received. We witnessed and supported each other’s breakthroughs and many tears were shed as we connected with parts of ourselves we didn’t know existed.

I learned that, whether you’re in a corporate career or an artistic one, a strong work ethic and an ability to communicate and co-operate with others is essential.

I learned the fine balance between trust and taking responsibility.

I learned that there is a time to speak and a time to stay silent, and that too many words swallow the meaning.

Theodora: Passionate, impatient, temperamental, with a heart as huge as her talent. Strong vision and drive, and a firm handle on both the bigger picture and every minute detail. No tolerance for bullshit, excuses or drama queens; a knack for understanding someone’s pain and knowing when to use it to break down barriers and when to comfort it to prevent creating them. A very tough task-master who only accepts the best from each of us.  I discovered that if I let go of my defensiveness, just gave my very best and allowed myself to be taught, magic happened.

We created something exquisite – all of us together. I still feel tears of pride pricking my eyes when I look at the photos.”

Sandy Topzand. South Africa

“I have always loved theatre and enjoyed watching the performances. I never acted before, never been on stage.

When I learned about Oedipus Rex, I thought “why not” and joined the first meeting in June 2014.  I really wanted to join the cast but got scared to make a fool of myself as a non-actor. (I am an IT professional :)). I asked Theodora if she will be open with her feedback and if I have no talent not to let me go on stage. She laughed and said there will be something to do for everyone and she will never allow anyone of us to fail as “Oedipus Rex” must succeed.

 The only condition was to give our commitment, our time and energy during the process. I decided to join. As I was very excited from the first moment onwards; I did bring a very close friend to join the cast and do this together.

 I did have a unique and wonderful experience from day 1 onwards. Acting means putting yourself forward, getting away from your fears and embracing yourself. I opened up, met myself in a very different way; I started to dare, let my emotions show, and not be inhibited by my fears.  ” I am worthy” has been our motto; I now understand what it means.

 In the process we connected with all our fellow actors; anticipating their mood, movements, understanding their needs and emotions; getting to know them both as friends and also actors.

 We did many exercises during each rehearsal; started with warm ups, did team building exercises, acting, singing, …

I discovered my capabilities I would never be aware of. This has been very fulfilling for me; also created a new energy and drive for my day to day life. Suddenly the routine of my life changed. I was looking forward to Saturday’s and the rehearsals.

 Being part of the Oedipus Rex cast gave me additional strength to deal with the difficult situations at work and in my personal life. I am a stronger person now; more open for change and with more self-confidence. If I can be successful on stage, in front of many people and get their applause, I can do anything I put my mind and energy into.

 The performances were also unique experiences for me. Technical week, preparations, getting into character, being present and connecting with the audience in such a way to let them live through the story and emotions with us. I really enjoyed every moment of it.

 This experience and what I learned during the process is also very useful for me during my work. It is all about people, connecting and communicating. Also embracing change. These are qualities that can be applicable to my job, actually any job, as we all work with people. The best achievements are done via a good and efficient teamwork.

 I am already recommending this experience to friends as I believe anybody who will put their commitment and energy into this process will go though a life changing experience and will benefit from it.

 I started to feel young, energetic, happy and capable again … What more could I want ?”

Hale Parlayan-Netherlnds/Turkey

“My experience with the Oedipus “project” was in short amazing; a once in a life time experience.  From the first day  I participated  , I was hooked. The presence of Theodora was so powerful, so embracing and encouraging that I decided to be part of this project from the first day; I didn’t know what I could do, or if i was up to the challenge but I decided to give a try.    I found the whole process so challenging and very awarding at the personal level;  it forced me and all others to get rid of all kind of emotional , physical barriers we all had in the beginning ; our “vulnerability “ led to a very special bond among all of us based on trust, care , and love and mutual drive.   

 The next  6 months was  working together, rehearsing,  learning techniques, learning each other and learning more about yourself all in a very demanding, highly challenging , quite  entertaining and competitive environment but  never competing with others; always with yourself only to exceed what you have done so far.  I felt growing stronger in presence but becoming selfless at the same time.   It was amazing to observe and also experience how Theodora stimulates  the group and individuals to go throughdifferent stages of emotions, that at the end brings everybody closer to each other and to own self.

 The performances were a complete different experience:  first of all only at that time I saw how those  seemingly disparate and unrelated small things started to make sense and fell into their own place ; it made be comfortable and confident to realize how well all was actually thought, designed from early on: we were stirred to grow and fulfill the space designated.   

 I already started to encourage many people I know, especially the young ones to go through a similar experience which will help them in their own personal development as well as in their current or future carrier aspirations. I was very privileged to go thru this journey under the guidance of Theodora.”

Muge Ergecen- Netherlands

“8 months ago when I showed up for open days for World Premiere of Oedipus Rex I wouldn’t imagine I would have a lifetime experience. Personally, through the process I discovered my artistic self and learned how to express my feelings better, and communicate and connect with others and the environment. As it was my stage debut I didn’t know how a theatre production is produced; rehearsals, direction, music, costumes and backstage. During the rehearsals I discovered the technical aspects of theater as well as how much dedication and discipline it requires to put a play on stage. Methods of preparing yourself for acting, getting into character and so. I was quite nervous the first time on stage but once that was gone it was terrific to be on stage. And of course when hear the applause and compliments from audience, that’s an awesome feeling. I can say that the overall experience helped me to grow beyond my limits and I believe I will be better in my personal and professional relationships and express myself easier. I definitely recommend people to be involved in Antigone and I want to continue acting myself.”

Serkan Kaba. Turkey

“The earliest mention of acting was at nine, when my mother and sister asked me to be an actor, to which I responded …‘never… actors lie’ and so it went until last year when I took a self-development class with the Los Angeles Method where I discovered, that in order to be a successful actor/ress you need to be pure of intention, and I like to lead my life pursuing purity of intention to myself and those around me.

I landed in a cast like wind swept parachute; culminated in two roles, albeit small, priest and chorus in the professional play of Oedipus Rex, by Theodora Voutsa, which was performed at the UVA Theatre Feb/March 2015. 

We spent six months preparing, each rehearsal was extraordinary, often culminating in severe emotions from love to anger and back to love plus everything in between. Oedipus Rex haunt?, I wonder :-) … but what a performance, standing ovation on all three days!! and even more incredible was the cast and everyone that made this possible from photoshoots, to sound, lighting, each individual.. sacrifice, love, bonding.. just very good…good… people; and at the top with the vision to make it happen… Theodora.

Once we completed our 3 performances; something happened, snapped? inside me. A new dimension that has always been with me but never knew existed. A sense of power matrixed into my existing inner knowledge, like new space. For those who are contemplating, be brave and take the leap, no matter what happens, your life will never be the same again.”

Nico Samaras. Greece