Classical Ancient Greek play
Women in Parliament
Also known as the "Assembly of Women"
Translated by G.Theodorides
Directed by George Eugeniou
Press-release, Women in Parliament by Theatro Technis
Theatro Technis presents “Women in Parliament”, an adaptation of Aristophanes’ hilarious satire, translated by George Theodoris and directed by George Eugeniou. Premiering on the 4th of June, this biting show will be running for two weeks, until the 15th of June. It forms part of a larger cycle of five plays presented at our venue to bring the originals of this brilliant ancient Greek playwright into our present context.
Aristophanes’ original piece was written in the 4th century BC, after Athens was ruined by the Peloponnesian war. It tells the story of Athenian women getting into Parliament disguised as men in order to take the next government’s leadership. The women introduce radical changes in Athenians’ lives by enacting new laws; free love and abolition of private property at the forefront. Aristophanes wanted to send a strong message to the political leaders of his days: enough with the war, enough with testosterone running the country; let’s rather enjoy a little of loving and tender care. It may be time for us to do the same, in this current climate of widespread austerity.
The particular strength of Aristophanes’ play lies in its stark contrasting of gender roles. He creates hyperbolic situations where women apply their domestic skills to political goals, using house management capacities for the benefit of all. But even when dressed as men, they never stop being thoroughly feminine and humane in their policies. Can we say the same of the “iron ladies” of our present times – Margaret Thatcher and Angela Merkel to name a few?
But obscure dark ages always reveal how ironic our lives can be. Here the best chances for a laugh are to be found, as crude and genuine as life itself. Aristophanes maintains this dialectic comic spirit and makes it a real protagonist of his play. And so does Theatro Technis.
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