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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 12 May 2018
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 12 MAY 2018 9 NEWS Remembering the horrors of genocide A series of commemorative events are taking place this month in Melbourne to commemorate the Greek, Armenian and Assyrian lives lost in Pontus and Asia Minor over 100 years ago Lead actor Gabriella Rose-Carter (Darja). Anthony Scundi playing Maks, Darja’s ex-husband. Ironbound: Q44 Theatre’s latest production premieres in Melbourne next week Co-starring Alex Tsitsopoulos The harsh reality of migration, a mother's unconditional love for her son, power, money, and the human struggle for survival are just some of the themes featured in Ironbound, which will have its Australian premiere next week. The play is brought to the stage by Q44, the theatre company behind last year's successful performance NK: A Kazantzakian Montage, an exploration of the life and work of acclaimed writer Nikos Kazantzakis. Melbourne audiences will be treated to the work of a recently acclaimed artist this time, with Maryna Majok, Ironbound's playwright having just won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her latest work, Cost of Living. Ironbound (the title re- fers to a neighbourhood in Newark, New Jersey) tells the story of Darja, a Polish immigrant who left her home country in the early 1990s with her husband, Maks, in pursuit of 'the American dream'. Struggling to get by as a cleaning lady in a rundown New Jersey town, she is soon bound to realise this is not the dream she had imagined. Over the course of 22 years, and three relationships, Darja negotiates for her future with men who can offer her love or security, but never both. "This is a play about redemption, not in a grandiose way, but in a way which many people will identify with. To gain insight into oneself is the most potent enabler of redemption, because through this real change is possible," says director Suzanne Heywood. The lead role is played by Gabriella Rose-Carter, founder and artistic director of Q44, while the cast includes Anthony Scundi (Maks), Will Atkinson (Vic) as well as beloved Greek Australian actor Alex Tsitsopoulos in the role of Tommy, Darja's boyfriend. With over 15 years of pro- fessional experience, despite his young age, Tsitsopoulos is known for his work both in popular TV productions, such as Neighbours and The Slap, and independent theatre. Last year, after performing a revival of Hotel Bonegilla by Tess Lyssiotis during La Mama Theatre's 50th anniversary, he went on to portray Nikos Kazantzakis for the Q44 production at Gasworks Theatre. Most recently, Tsitsopoulos secured a role in the crime drama Tidelands, the first Australian original Netflix series and of course enjoys the full support of his Q44 colleagues in this endeavour. After all, one of the theatre company's core aspirations is to develop an artist-driven environment for members to continue to learn and grow in, whilst "creating stimulating, thought-provoking and accessible theatre". Ironbound is not only Q44's inaugural 2018 play, but also the first production hosted in their new space in the Abbotsford Convent Arts Precinct, after securing a tenancy and government grant. Opening night: 16 May at 8.00 pm Alex Tsitsopoulos plays Tommy in Ironbound. PHOTOS: JOHN COLLOPY Season: 16 May – 3 June Performance times: Tues – Sat 8.00 pm, Sun 6.00 pm Venue: Q44 Theatre, Abbotsford Convent, Sacred Heart Building, 1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford, VIC Bookings: q44.com.au This month marks a particularly significant anniversary for the Greek community: 19 May, the official anniversary of the atrocities carried out against the minority groups of Pontus and Asia Minor in modern-day Turkey. The genocide of 1914 to roughly 1923 carried out against the Greeks of these regions, and Armenians and Assyrians living within the Ottoman empire is contested. After all these years, successive Turkish governments have all denied the horrific actions, and closer to home in Australia, South Australia and New South Wales are the only states to have recognised the genocide, while the Greek Parliament recognised the genocide against the Greeks in 1994. However it remains that millions of people were killed, approximately 1.5 million of whom were Greeks, and this year marks 99 years since the beginning of the genocide's second phase against Christian populations by the Turks. To pay tribute to those who lost their lives, Victoria's Greek Genocide Commemoration Committee led by its president Peter Stefanidis, has organised events that will take place throughout next week. Commencing on Wednesday 16 May, solicitor and writer Dean Kalimniou will present a seminar at Melbourne's Greek Centre on 'Crypto-Christians of Pontus' at 7.00 pm. Taking place as part of the GOCMV Culture and His- tory Seminars in conjunction with Pontiaki Estia, it will focus on the case of the Kromlides and the Stavriotes, two communities that periodically belonged to the Orthodox and Muslim communities during the Ottoman period and were compelled to negotiate through prevailing expectations and stereotypes, along with a discriminatory legal system poised upon reform, at a time of great political foment and change. To follow, on Friday, a commemorative event will be hosted at the Darebin Genocide Monument in Preston at 6.00 pm. The main event will take place on the anniversary on Saturday at 11.30 am, with a wreath-laying ceremony scheduled at the Hellenic Memorial in the CBD. The week will end with a special church service at St Eustathios Greek Orthodox Church in South Melbourne on Sunday 20 May at 9.00 am. Meanwhile the commemorations will aptly conclude at the Pontian Community in Brunswick with a seminar by University of Melbourne PhD candidate, Themistocles Kritikakos on 'Pontians in contemporary Australia: Survival and memory in the Antipodes' at 2.30 pm. All members of the community are welcome to attend the events to honour those who lost their lives. To RSVP to the seminar by Themistocles Kritikakos, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Peter Stefanidis on 0401 672 124.
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