The Visitor by Franco–Belgian playwright, short story writer and novelist Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt, which won three prizes at the Molière Award Ceremony in 1994, is coming to Cyprus for the first time in February.
Schmitt’s plays have been staged in over 50 countries all over the world and especially during the 1990s, they brought him success in several countries. Don Juan on Trial was the first to be performed in September 1991 at Espace 44 in Nantes. But it is believed that it was after his next play, The Visitor, that he decided to devote himself fully to writing, giving up his lecturing position at the University of Chambéry.
Alpha Square will present the play from February 8, translated and directed by Andreas Araouzos with performances lasting until March 3. Staged at the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, the play forms part of the venue’s Museum moments series.
In the role of the grand psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud is actor Varnavas Kiriazi, while Panayiota Papageorgiou, Fotis Apostolides and Andreas Araouzos join him on stage. The play is set in Vienna of 1938.
The Nazis have invaded Austria and are persecuting the Jews. Sigmund Freud is still confident in the future and refuses to leave. But on this April evening, the Gestapo arrest his daughter Anna and take her for questioning. Freud remains alone and desperate, when, suddenly, a stranger enters through the window. The visitor, a frivolous and cynical dandy in tuxedo and top hat, has some incredible things to say. Who is he? A mad man? A magician? Is this merely a dream? Is he an embodiment of our perception of Freud’s subconscious? Or is he really, as he claims, God in person? Like Freud himself, each of us will have to decide, in the course of this serious, crazy evening, who this visitor really is.
There is a limited number of seats for each performance, so if interested in attending it is best to reserve in advance.
Theatrical production of Le Visiteur by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt. February 8 and 11 other performances every Friday, Saturday (8.30pm) and Sunday (6.30pm). Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, Nicosia. €15,12. Tel: 77777040