EllinikoTheatro is an international performing arts organization based in New York and Athens. Since its inception in 1979, it has sought to serve as an innovative carrier of cultural diplomacy, expanding the temporal, spatial and social boundaries of Hellenic Theatre.

This summer EllinikoThεatro is pleased to present ATHENS2018, an international performing arts festival in Athens, and ΟΔΥΣΣΕΙΑ, a public participatory reading of Homer’s poem in Amsterdam.

Projects

Rent Control, from Broadway to Athens!

Rent Control, written and performed by Mr. Zes, is a personal story of survival as a struggling actor living in the heart of New York City.

The Off-Broadway hit is coming to Theatre 104 in Athens for five performances on June 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 30th as part of EllinikoThεαtro’s ATHENS2018 summer festival.

Evan Zes, an actor/writer born and raised in San Jose, California, portrays some 30 different characters in this wild-but-TRUE account of life on the edge of New York City.

When Evan falls backwards into one of the few remaining rent-controlled apartments in NYC, he finds a way to make money and pursue his dream, turning the apartment into a lucrative Airbnb scheme – that is, until his money-making scheme backfires, threatening to ruin his life. This cautionary tale has audiences on the edge of their seats, howling with laughter. Critics have called it “…cheerfully profane”, “a…surprise thriller” and “…dangerously hilarious.”

After two years of sold-out performances all over the United States, Rent Control is finally making its motherland premiere.

Rent Control has had back-to-back sold out runs beginning with its debut at the 2016 New York International Fringe Festival (where it won an “Overall Excellence Award”, followed by the 2016 Fringe Encore Series at Soho Playhouse. Evan has since performed the show at Penguin Repertory Theatre in Stony Point, New York; The Rye Arts Center in Rye, New York; Cleveland Playhouse; Hartford Stage, The Complex Theatre in Hollywood, California; The Greek Cultural Center in Astoria, Queens; Teatro Jaco in Jaco, Costa Rica and The Tabard Theatre in San Jose, California.

The play will be performed in English, with Greek surtitles.

Performances are followed by open discussion between the audience and Mr. Zes.

Evan Zes will also be holding Masterclasses in Physical Characterisation and Clowning as part of EllinikoThεαtro’s In Class performing arts training programme at Theatre 104.

For more information and tickets:
https://www.viva.gr/tickets/theater/theatro-104/athens-2018-an-international-performing-arts-festival-en/