Staging – Adaptation: Katerina Evangelatos
Performed by Nikolas Papagiannis (in Greek)
Accordion: Thanos Stavridis
The great Italian Nobel laureate for literature Luigi Pirandello has left an indelible mark, not only in theater but also in short story writing. “The Jar” is a comic story written in 1917, set in the Italian South.
Quarrelsome landowner Don Lollo Zirafa commissions a large jar to store olive oil. The enormous jar breaks, mysteriously, only a few hours later, and Don Lollo asks old Dima for help in mending it. The landowner’s temper gets old Dima into an impasse: In his effort to stitch the jar, he is trapped inside – yet Don Lollo refuses to break it to set him free.
A characteristic example of Pirandello’s incisive realism and social critique, “The Jar” takes us back to the Italian South in the early 20th century, transforming a seemingly simple tale into a celebration of absurdism.
The short story is published in Luigi Pirandello, Διηγήματα, Roes Editions, 2008), transl. into Greek by Mara Theodoritsi.
Sunday 17/03 | 17.00
Free admission by online pre-registration (the story is presented in Greek)
Pre-registration starting on Friday 08/03 at 12.00
Thursday 28/03, 19:00
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