Ancient comedy of Aristophanes “The Birds” travels to NYC

25 April 2018

Following a sold-out world premiere at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus in Greece, this vibrant retelling of Aristophanes ancient comedy travels to New York City for its American debut.

Stretching from Brooklyn's waterfront to the Upper West Side of Manhattan, the Onassis Cultural Center New York's spring festival spans New York City in search of birds, both allegorical and real. The festival's centerpiece is an adaptation of Aristophanes’ classic comedy, The Birds, first performed in Athens in 414 BC.

Following its sold-out world premiere at the Ancient Theater of Epidaurus and in Athens, this vibrant re-staging of Aristophanes’ ancient comedy travels to New York City for its American debut.

Director Nikos Karathanos’ retelling is both true to Aristophanes’ original and creatively adapted to reflect on contemporary concerns. This playful feast for the senses presents the original cast from Athens.
The production at St. Ann’s Warehouse is the foundation of a broader festival of events at prominent cultural venues in New York City that will explore and celebrate themes emanating from The Birds.

Performances are in Greek with English supertitles
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