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Lazaros Theodorakopoulos in rehearsal. Photo by Nico Sanin
ASTORIA – A rare production of The Night Just Before the Forests by the acclaimed French playwright Bernard-Marie Koltès, translated into English by Amin Erfani, comes to Astoria September 30-October 2 and October 7-9, Fridays and Saturdays at 7 PM, and Sundays at 6:30 PM, at the Archdiocesan Hellenic Cultural Center, 27-09 Crescent Street. The tour-de-force solo play is produced by and starring Lazaros Theodorakopoulos and directed by Bill Bowers.
Originally from Greece, Theodorakopoulos has been an actor in New York City for six years and began collaborating on this production with Bowers in 2021. Both studied acting at the legendary William Esper Studio.
The Night Just Before the Forests, according to its description is “an unstoppable monologue that must be uttered. Not sure where it came from. As definite and unknown as love, life and death is. Will you find the words to say what you want to say? Will you manage to love, live, or die? Will you manage to finish this monologue?”
The Night Just Before the Forests was Koltès’ first widely acclaimed play, produced at the Avignon Festival in 1977 and subsequent productions were staged in collaboration with director Patrice Chéreau.
Koltès and Chereau would create groundbreaking work together at the La Mama
Experimental Theater Club in New York City. Koltès died of complications from AIDS in 1989.
Theodorakopoulos was born and raised in Thessaloniki and has worked professionally as an actor since 2012 in Greece and in New York. He spoke with The National Herald about the production, noting that “the text of the play” inspired him to do the show.
When asked about the process from idea to realization, Theodorakopoulos told TNH that “this play is something I have worked on and I believe that I will keep working on. It is not something with beginning or an end. I feel ready to share it with you at its current stage.”
Of his upcoming projects, he said, “I am working on taking this play on a tour.”
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