NEW YORK – The Lady of Ro by Gianni Skaragas and starring the acclaimed Greek actress Fotini Baxevani will be presented by the Greek Cultural Center on March 14 at the Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Avenue South in Flushing meadows Corona Park, 7 PM, casting a new light on a woman who became a Greek folk legend through hope, courage, and exquisite tenderness. The Lady of Ro is an unforgettable show celebrating all that our shared humanity represents, a timeless story of a woman trying to find meaning in a world with little regard for, and even less knowledge of, her struggles.
The story is inspired by the life of Despina Achladioti, the Greek widow known as the Lady of Ro, after the deserted island where she took refuge during the two world wars. After the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974, the Lady of Ro became a hero and folk legend.
Told in mesmerizing prose with compassion and humor to spare, the play features Fotini Baxevani’s striking performance, and evokes a specific time and place yet movingly describes the universal human condition.
The Lady of Ro will break and mend your heart.
The Lady of Ro opened in Athens to great acclaim in October 2017. The show was a hit in Athens and garnered an enthusiastic response from audiences on its two-year tour in Greece, Cyprus, and Perth, Western Australia. The play was most recently performed in Los Angeles at UCLA.
Performed in Greek with English supertitles, The Lady of Ro is based on Gianni Skaragas’ novel published by Kritiki S.A. (2017).
The performance is held under the auspices of the Hellenic Republic Ministry of Foreign Affairs General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad and the Consulate General of Greece in New York.
More information and tickets available online: https://www.greekculturalcenter.org/.