Play ex­plores gen­der, iden­tity

Kathimerini English - - Focus - HILLIS VASSILIAS

“Sworn Vir­gin,” a play based on US-based Al­ba­nian writer Elvira Dones’s novel of the same name, is com­ing to the Athens Fes­ti­val this year.

Di­rected by Enke Fe­zol­lari, the play re­volves around the char­ac­ter of Hana, who vol­un­tar­ily gives up her fem­i­nin­ity and takes on the male per­sona “Mark” in an at­tempt to es­cape the pros­e­cu­tion of En­ver Hoxha’s pa­tri­ar­chal, to­tal­i­tar­ian regime in com­mu­nist-era Al­ba­nia.

It fol­lows her as the regime falls apart and she moves to Amer­ica, re­unit­ing with her loved ones.

Mas­cu­line prison

When the West’s pro­gres­sive ideas force Hana to ques­tion the mas­cu­line prison she has cre­ated for her­self, an in­ner con­flict arises within her as she toils with her fe­male na­ture.

The cast is led by Parthenopi Bouzouri, An­gela Brouskou and Ge­or­gianna Dalara.

This com­pelling story deals with is­sues that are ex­tremely rel­e­vant in con­tem­po­rary so­ci­ety and comes at a time when gen­der ideals are con­stantly be­ing ques­tioned.

It will be on at the Pireos 260 venue’s Stage H on July 13 and 14, start­ing at 9 p.m. on both days. Reg­u­lar tick­ets range from 20 to 25 eu­ros, with spe­cial prices for stu­dents, the dis­abled and the un­em­ployed.

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