Hosted by The Cockpit
by Dario Fo.
Translated by Ed Emery
with Panos Vlahos
directed by Lyto Triantafyllidou
(A Q&A with the actor and the director will take place after all the shows).
'Mistero Buffo' is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD.
A modern clown entertains his audience by performing a provocative Comical Mystery.
Mistero Buffo, written in 1969 by Nobel Prize winning playwright Dario Fo, is a political exploration of popular Medieval Mysteries, consisting of several scenes re-imagining stories from the Bible and establishing new protagonists against religious rule. This theatrical realization of Dario Fo’s essays by Lyto Triantafyllidou is an exploration of the Last Supper hosted by a clown, the Giullare. Through spanning monologues, soliloquies, storytelling, dialogues and crowd scenes, the Guilare shares his revolutionary message and redefines the notion of power. Actor Panos Vlahos uses his technical ease to perform a number of different characters in a one-hour theological and political statement.
“The play is a remarkable tour de force for the gifted Vlahos who demonstrates extraordinary range as a performer […]. Vlahos is drenched in sweat from the effort of portraying so many characters, and he is so skilled at his work that we believe there are dozens of people there on the stage, some of them hilarious, others poignant, but all distinctly human.”
– The National Herald -
“Panos Vlahos, under the direction of Lyto Triantafyllidou approaches his performance with both the skill and sincerity demanded by the piece. The intention of the radical and leftist Fo, was to batter religion over the head with a club carved from the pure and simple faith of its earliest adherents in order to do away with the church and its mythos. Vlahos has taken up that club, but with different intentions. His club is of softer matter and his blows are meant to tickle rather than destroy. Vlahos is one of the faithful, and to a great extent succeeds in using Fo to his own ends.”
– Ernest Kearney -
Mistero Buffo just won the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival’s Encore Producers’ Award 2017. The production had a successful run at the Balcony Theater at West Park Presbyterian Church, NY in May 2016 and an award winning performance as the 2016 Best Physical Theater Show at the United Solo Theater Festival, NY in Oct 2016.
Panos Vlahos (Performer) is an established Greek actor, songwriter and musician. Panos studied acting at the New Hellenic Theater, under George Armenis and performed extensively in theaters, feature films, TV and web series in his home country. His last two performances where productions of the National Theater of Greece, presented at the prestigious Ancient Theater of Epidaurus. Panos is the youngest actor ever to perform the role of Xanthias, in Aristophane's Frogs, in Epidaurus. His first album "Children's Games" was released by the label Ogdoo Music Group in 2014. He is at www.panosvlahos.com
Lyto Triantafyllidou (Director) is a New York based theatre director, interested in developing theater that creates a new and original dialogue with our reality, through researching and revitalizing under-represented works from the global stage, adapting classical material and collaborating with authors on new plays. She has presented work in different festivals and platforms in New York and Greece. In 2015, she co-founded Second Circle Theater Company, a collective of theatre artists who focuses on politically charged work that intends to incite dialogue among theater and audience and tackles the issue of passivity in American culture. She is at www.lytotr.com