The performance drew material directly from the workshop of the Fourth Summer Academy of the National Theatre and at the same time was the application and continuation of the operating mechanisms developed in the performances with the general title: ODC… after Homer. Main axis is the pursuit of a new narrative/storytelling operation through the Homeric”Odyssey”. During the workshop has been developed the narrative/storytelling operation in pre-theatre texts interpreted by musicians in parallel route with the actors.
Stratis Minakakis’s Musical Composition “Ta Plia” (“The Ships,” 2005) was commissioned by Princeton’s Program in Hellenic Studies on the occasion of its 25th Anniversary Concert. It is based on the homonymous prose poem by Constantine P. Cavafy, and combines post-serial influences with elements from the Greek tradition, such as heterophony and micro-intervals. Cosponsored by Princeton’s Program in Hellenic Studies and Princeton’s Department of Music.
This piece is a comedy musical for two, ‘a musical theatre in a nutshell’, while even cars come on stage! With today’s New York as a background, this hilarious, but at times touching, story by Neil Simon narrates the birth of a great love between the composer Vernon Gersch and lyricist Sonia Walsk. He is charming, successful, wealthy and he has an Oscar. She is miserable, charming, clumsy, dressed in theater costumes but stubborn and confident of her talent. Sonia’s dream was to work with the famous composer. Proving once again the ancient theory that “The opposites are attracted”, this thrilling story of laughter and music, ends up in the unexpected finale.