Theatron of the Americas was officially established in late 2019. It is the vision of acclaimed director-actor-writer, Socrates Alafouzos, who returned to the U.S. from Greece in 2016.
The purpose of the Theatron is to operate a professional repertory theater company that expands the awareness of the Ancient Greek Drama in the Americas, through theatrical presentations and educational programs that entertain and inspire.
The timeless messages presented in the works of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes are more relevant today than ever. As in the 5th Century BC, we experience fast and great progress in science and human knowledge about life: Greek tragedy deeply explores and uncovers the need and the vanity in people for power, control and certainty. As in the 5th Century BC, modern society continuous to deal with the pressure between the brutal realities of war and the rhetoric of its politicians: Greek tragedy anatomizes this tension with painful insight. Moreover, Greek tragedy is fixated with conflict between the genders, between public and private duty and between self-control and a sense of helplessness in the face of the world’s violence: All this too finds a powerful echo with modern audiences.
Through theater, the great Athenian poets were giving voice to timeless human experiences, that when viewed by a large audience that had exposure to those experiences, nurtured compassion, understanding and a strongly felt interconnection. Through tragedy, the Greeks faced the darkness of human existence as a community.
The Theatron of the Americas aims to bring more light and interconnectedness to people by bringing these everlasting messages to communities in California, audiences throughout the U.S and abroad and partake in significant festivals and events.