Play: “Abandon the Citizens” created and performed by Tina Yotopoulou and Aktina Stathaki

Fri, May 24, 2013 8:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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“Abandon the Citizens”

A devised performance based on the testimonies of Greek refugees of Asia Minor (1922)
USA premiere

With the opportunity of the 90 year anniversary of the Fire of Izmir, the performance highlights a fascinating and little known part of modern history: the tragic end of the Greco-Turkish war, the expulsion of the Greek population from the Asia Minor coast and the destruction of one of the most cosmopolitan cities of the time. Using rare archival material, the performance brings on stage the powerful, poetic language of the survivors in their own words and asks the question: how can the trauma of history be staged, remembered and overcome?

Created and performed by: Tina Yotopoulou and Aktina Stathaki
Based on the books: Koinos Logos (Common Word) by Elli Papadimitriou and Exodus by the Greek Center for Asia Minor Studies
Directed by: Aktina Stathaki
A Between the Seas Production

In Greek with English supertitles

Tickets: $20 General | $15 for Students, Members and Seniors. Tickets available online (buy now)* or at the door.

(*A small online fee is applied - use printout as your ticket)

Doors open at 7:30 pm


Aktina Stathaki
Aktina is a graduate of the National Theater of Greece and holds a PhD in Drama from the University of Toronto. She has worked as an actor with the National Greek theater, AfriCan theater Ensemble, Robert Gill theater, Artword Theater and trey anthony productions as well as a freelance director and producer. She is the founder and artistic director of Between the Seas Festival of Mediterranean Perfoming arts in NYC ( She frequently writes on theater and her critical essays have been published and presented in journals and conferences worldwide. Most recently she worked as Associate Producer for the North American Premiere of JACKIE by Nobel Laureate Elfriede Jelinek at City Center. She is currently a Time Warner Foundation Fellow of 2012-2014 Lab at Women's Project Theater NYC (

Tina Yotopoulou
Tina graduated from the Drama School of the National Theatre of Northern Greece. Her New York City training includes the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and Anne Bogart’s SITI Company (Suzuki Method & Viewpoints Technique).
Tina has worked as an actress in Greece for the past 10 years, including with the National Theatre, the National Theatre of Northern Greece, the Railway-Theatre “The Train at Rouf”, the New Theatre of Thessaloniki and the Theatre Company “ODC”. Her collaborators include directors Andrei Serban, Dimitris Mavrikios, Elli Papakonstantinou, Nikaiti Kondouri, Victor Arditti, Esther Andre Gonzalez, Yorgos Michailides, Tatiana Lygari, Isidoros Sideris, Vassilis Nikolaides, Yannis Iordanides, Efi Theodorou.

Between the Seas is an organization founded in 2010 by Aktina Stathaki with the mission to promote contemporary Mediterranean culture in the USA and open the platform for dialogue and understanding of the diverse identities and interconnected histories in the region. Between the Seas Festival of Mediterranean Performing Arts has been running in NYC for two years and has presented artists and US premieres from Turkey, Italy, Spain, Egypt, Israel, Greece, Lebanon, Morocco, US and more.


Alwan's performance programs are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council.

Last updated: 2013-05-08 12:54:39

Abandon the Citizens
Abandon the Citizens
Tina Yotopoulou
Tina Yotopoulou
Aktina Stathaki
Aktina Stathaki

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