Cypriot actress, Paola Hatzilambri, known for producing theatrical monologues, has been nominated to receive a Norns Award, along with a Red Shoes Award, so-named in remembrance of female victims of trafficking, for her play ‘Tears of Silence,’ based on Aria Socratous’ best-selling novel of the same name. It is the first time this internationally renowned award has come to Cyprus.
In 2018, Hatzilambri won first prize among 130 countries at the New York Theater Festival for her play ‘Melina: The Last Greek Goddess’ in which she played Melina Merkouri.
In statements, Hatzilambri said she feels proud that her work, to highlight human trafficking and violence against women through theater, is heard loud and clear in Europe and in America.
President of the US diaspora, Philip Christopher, said that as ‘Ambassador of Culture’, Hatzilambi once again raised Cyprus to the highest level, this time with an important and also topical issue, adding that it was no coincidence that House Speaker Annita Dimitriou, had asked the House to co-organize Hatzilambi’s production.
The awards ceremony will take place on September 9, in Rome, at the Parco Dei Principi Hotel & Spa.