Stamford, CT.- The highly regarded Greek-American actor Yannis Simonides will present, in English and Greek, excerpts from the memoirs of General Makriyannis, a legendary military and political leader of the 1821 Greek War of Independence, on Saturday, March 10, 2007, at the Church of the Archangels, 1527 Bedford Street, Stamford, CT 06905.
Appetizers will be served at 7:30 p.m. and the performance will begin promptly at 8:00 p.m. and will be accompanied by recordings of songs of the Greek fighters of the period (kleftika tragoudia) and a slide presentation on the life of the General.
Tickets are $25 per adult and $10 per student. Special lower rates for student groups are available upon request. Children under 12 admitted free of charge. Reservations recommended. Contact Nicholas Nikas, tel. 203-554-5570, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Makriyannis emerged at a young age as a key general of the Greek Revolutionary army, and afterwards as one of the founders of the Modern Greek State and a formidable politician. Of humble origins, he learned to read and write as an adult expressly in order to produce this extraordinary document of the period during and after the Greek War of Independence against the Ottoman Turks. On the basis of his Memoirs, his only opus, he has come to be regarded as one of the most important Greek literary figures of the last two centuries.
Born in Constantinople and raised in Athens, Yannis Simonides is a Yale Drama School trained actor/writer and Emmy-winning documentary producer. Mr. Simonides’ performance work includes plays by Euripides, Aristophanes, Shakespeare, Brecht, Korres and Pontikas, along with solo and ensemble pieces culled from the writings of C.P. Cavafy, General Makriyannis, Nikolai Gogol and Plato. He has received the support of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Greek Ministries of Culture and Foreign Affairs, the A. Onassis, L. Kostopoulos and Levendis Foundations, Time Warner and the Mobil Foundation.