Fotini BaxevaniThe Lady of Ro
CAP UCLA in association with the UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture Presents
Fotini Baxevani
The Lady of Ro
Written by Gianni Skaragas
Directed by Katerina Berdeka
Fri, Jan 31, 2020 at 8PM
Sat, Feb 1, 2020 at 8PM
Freud Playhouse

“A stirring, lyrical story about things that touch and test our human core... The Lady Of Ro will break and mend your heart.

The Lady of Ro immerses us in the ascetic world of a woman living alone on a small Greek island questioning the values she once held true. The play is inspired by the life of Despina Achladioti, the Greek widow known as the Lady of Ro after the name of the deserted island where she took refuge between the two World Wars. After the invasion of Cyprus in 1974, Achladioti became a hero and folk legend for her persistence in raising the Greek flag on the island. The Lady of Ro examines what happens to the dreams we hold close during war time, the ties that bind daughters and mothers, husbands and wives, folk legends and madwomen to one another and to the places they call home. Like every story about love or mourning, it is about fighting our way through history and back into what makes us human. 

Performed in Greek with English supertitles.

Funds provided by Deborah Irmas, Tina and George Kolovos, Daphne Valentina and the Office of the Dean of Humanities.

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