Greek National Theater Play Uses Passages from Terrorist’s Book



na-708_21The play “The Nash Equilibrium” staged at the Experimental Stage of the National Theater of Greece has created a controversy as it uses passages from a book by jailed terrorist Savvas Xeros.

According to the press release, writer and director of the play Pigi Dimitrakopoulou is attempting a project that combines the play “The Just” by Albert Camus, the story of the terrorist group “November 17,” moral codes, justice, taking the law into one’s hands and terrorism.

A large part of the play is based on the book “That Day – 1,560 Hours in Intensive Care” Xeros wrote in prison.

According to artistic director of the Experimental Stage of the National Theater Prodromos Tsinikoris who spoke to Kathimerini daily, the concept of the play is justice.

“There is a justice issue in Greece, without meaning that I consider the punishment of the November 17 members unfair. We wanted to make a play about justice, adding in the concept of terrorism and the November 17 trial. During the course we added some points from the book of Savvas Xeros,” Tsinikoris said.

Speaking to the Popaganda website earlier, Dimitrakopoulou said that during the writing of the play she spoke with Xeros several times.

The controversy created is because the National Theater is state sponsored and the play is criticized as insensitive to the families of the victims of November 17.