Tonight and tomorrow night at 21:00 the Amateur Theatre Group of Skopelos will present “The Girls Don’t Live Here Anymore”, an adaptation of “The Red Lanterns” by Alekos Galanos at the Orpheus. Directed by Takis Moschos. Admission is free.
“For all those who don’t understand Greek but love the magic of live theater (especially when the actors are all familiar faces), here is a plot summary to help you follow the action. Takis Moskos, who is a renown professional actor, as well as the director, producer and driving force of the Skopelos Amateur Theater, refused to let me reveal how the play resolves, but you’ll probably get the picture, and if you don’t we’ll clue you in after the performances.
“The Girls Don’t Live Here Anymore” is an adaptation based on “Ta Kokkina Fanaria (The Red Lanterns),” a Greek film hit of the 60’s, originally written for the theater. Set in the Piraeus slums, just before the infamous brothels of Troumba are closed down by the Fascist government, the plot follows the individual stories of five prostitutes, their misery, shattered dreams and hopes for a better future.
In the brothel run by Madame Paris (Konstantina Aggeletou), erotic transactions are just routine business. But each girl who offers her services there harbours a personal world which for her is the one pure and meaningful fragment in an otherwise hollow, sordid life.
Anna (Maria Kyriakaki) is in love with a gentle, older sea Captain (Giorgos Drossos) who is about to retire and settle down. When he proposes marriage, just before the departure of his last voyage, she thinks her dreams have come true. Marina (Doukissa Patsi) is dependent on her pimp Nodas (Antonis Balabani), who has bullied and exploited her since she was a young girl, yet she remains madly in love with him. Mary (Irini Karathanasiou) falls in loves with Angelos (Vangelis Drossos), a middle class teenage boy who was brought to the brothel to lose his virginity. When he asks her to marry him, she can’t help but laugh at his innocence, but is deeply touched by his love. Myrsini (Maria Kosma), the youngest, deliberately becomes a prostitute and the Madame’s pet, and learns to be as manipulative and cruel as her mentor. Eleni (Maria Giorgiadou), a sensitive refugee and student from Romania, tries to hide her vulgar profession from her naive boyfriend (Giorgos Tzavaras) while she fends off the obsessive passion of her jealous pimp, Michaelos (Sideris Familiaris). The brothel’s cleaning lady, Katerina (Gogo Papazisi), is lonely and isolated until she befriends a poor street urchin (Magda Patsi).”
The play offers us an insight into the humanity and truth behind the cold face of prostitution. See you at the theater!
(contributed by Isabel Dempsey)