A tale of forbidden love will put working people under the magnifying glass as of Friday, when the play Sleep, Stella will be staged at Thoc Warehouse in Nicosia for three performances.
Sleep, Stella is the first work written and directed for the stage by filmmaker Yannis Economidis, and it is a production of the National Theatre of Greece.
Stella comes from a family where her father’s word is law. So when she refuses to marry the man her family says she should, and insists on making her own choice when it comes to choosing her husband, her decision doesn’t go down well. In this modern day tragedy, love does not conquer all. Stella must sacrifice her own happiness and personal beliefs for financial interests. She has to follow through with decisions that have already been made for her and forget ideas of moral order, emotions and dignity.
The play, which was written and moulded with the creative input of the cast during rehearsals, takes apart a world founded on lies, money and crime. It reflects the dreams of those among high-society as being built on material goods.
Each performance of Sleep, Stella is different because the dialogue is created live on the basis of a structured script and develops according to the rapport that exists between actors and audience.
The production is unsuitable for people under 18.
Performance of the play by Yannis Economidis. January 26-28. THOC Warehouse, Kampou 29, Strovolos, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €15. Tel: 22-480300