Argos - "He, the Other, and his Trousers", Monday, January 29th 2024

Αυτός ο Άλλος και το παντελόνι του

In connection with this year's Iakovos Kambanellis anniversary, on Monday, January 29th 2024 at "Cine Valia" in Argos, the popular actor Christos Hatzipanagiotis and the actor and director Manos Karatzogiannis present his monologue "He and His Trousers". The play premiered in May 2018 at the Station Theatre, along with the author's "Funeral Oration" in a unified performance, under the general title "He, the Other, and His Trousers", that we are about to watch.

The performance, both humorous and moving -a tribute to the patriarch of modern Greek theater, Iakovos Kambanellis- which was presented last summer at the Bazeos Tower as part of the Naxos Festival, the birthplace of Iakovos Kambanellis, receiving excellent reviews, will be also presented in other selected cities in Greece.

To have a person...
In the first part of the performance at the Station Theatre, the hero of Kampanellis -brilliantly embodied by Christos Hatzipanagiotis, skillfully conveying thoughts and emotions to the audience- is "He," who lives alone with the burdened memories and fantasies that unbearable loneliness provokes. The irreplaceable void of the mother becomes an eloquent monologue, with the furniture of the house as listeners. The subconscious need of "He" to have a person is expressed sometimes with subtle humor and sensitivity, and sometimes more dramatically, as a middle-age revolution, that will free him from fears, the pain of loss and the weight of personal choices.

Director's Note (Manos Karatzogiannis)
Christos Hatzipanagiotis alone on stage. Again... He becomes "He." He speaks about someone else's "The Other's" leg and his "Trousers". In the first part of the performance, through a lively "Funeral Oration", he effortlessly gifts us -once again- with laughter, satirizing the vanity and pettiness of human nature.
In the second part, the irreplaceable void of the mother becomes a heart-wrenching monologue, with the only listeners being the furniture of his home. He coexists with the burdened memories and fantasies that unbearable loneliness provokes. The subconscious need for him "to have a person" is expressed sometimes with subtle humor and at other times with poignant sensitivity. After all, bitterness, melancholy laden with loneliness, caustic humor, love and nostalgia are characteristic features not only of these specific monologues, but also of Iakovos Kambanellis's entire body of work. This year, marking one hundred years since his birth, we honor his memory and his contribution to our theater, cinema, and literature.

Αυτός ο Άλλος και το παντελόνι του

Direction: Manos Karatzogiannis
Performance: Christos Hatzipanagiotis
Set Design: Dimitris Kantas
Costumes: Vasiliki Syrma
Music: Antonis Papakonstantinou
Lighting Design: Alexandros Alexandrou
Assistant Director: Philippos Papatheodorou
Photography: George Kavallierakis
Production: Politismos Stathmos Theatre

70 minutes

At "Cine Valia" (Argos, Agiou Konstantinou & Papanikolaou str., Τ. +30 27510 25105), two performances, on Monday, January 29th 2024, at 18:30 and 21:00.

General Admission: 15€
Students - Unemployed: 13€

Pre-sale ( and at the Cine Valia's cashier (Argos, Agiou Konstantinou & Papanikolaou str.)
Τ. +30 699 4720 566

Did you know that?
Iakovos Kambanellis (2 December 1921 – 29 March 2011) was a Greek poet, playwright, screenwriter, lyricist and novelist.Iakovos Kambanellis appeared as one of the most prominent Greek playwrights of the 20th century and he is considered to be the father of modern Greek theater. As a survivor of the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp, he wrote the lyrics of the "Mauthausen Trilogy" with music by Mikis Theodorakis. He wrote the scripts of at least 12 films and he directed three of them. In addition, he is well known as a lyricist, having written the lyrics for more than 100 songs. He was a member of the board of the Cultural Foundation of the National Bank of Greece, along with some of the most prominent Greek artists. From 1981-87, he was Director of the Radio section of the Greek National Broadcasting Company (E.R.T.). In 2000 he was elected member of the Academy of Athens. The same year he was awarded the medal of the Order of Phoenix by the President of the Greek Republic (Wikipedia).
Manos Karatzogiannis is an actor, director, playwright, acting instructor, and artistic director of the Stathmos Theatre. A graduate of the Higher School of Dramatic Art of the National Theatre of Greece, under George Armenis, he has studied English and German languages, as well as classical guitar. He has directed productions for the Athens Festival, the National Theatre, the Art Theatre, the Municipal Regional Theatre of Piraeus, the DI.PE.THE. Theatres of Patras and Agrinio, the Michael Kakoyiannis Foundation, the Neon Theatre of Vassilakos, and the Stathmos Theatre.
Christos Hatzipanagiotis (Lesvos, April 19, 1958) is a Greek actor of theater and television. He began his career in 1982 and became particularly beloved by the audience with his participation in the highly successful ANT1 television series "Eglimata"(crimes) during the period 1998-2000. Before his leading role in this series, he had spent eleven years alongside Lakis Lazopoulos in the show "Deka mikroi Mitsoi" (on the Mega Channel television station). In the 2021-2022 season, he played in the series "Symphetheroi apo ta Tirana" (Inlaws from Tirana) along with Elissavet Konstantinidou and Peni Kazakou (Wikipedia).

Ιάκωβος Καμπανέλλης, Iakovos Kampanellis
Χρήστος Χατζηπαναγιώτης, Christos Chatzipanagiotis

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