After a successful beginning, the Between the Seas Festival returns to the East Village, N.Y. for its second summer celebration of contemporary Mediterranean culture, from Aug. 20-26 at the Wild Project, featuring Greek director/performer Olga Pozeli in a solo performance exploring the limits of political corruption and responsibility.
Olga – co-founder of critically-acclaimed Noiti Grammi theatrical company in Athens – presents Noiti Grammi: When the Red Toyota Went off The Road and Sank in Black Water. The story has eerie parallels to the incident at Chappaquiddick Island off Massachusetts in 1969 in which a young campaign aide, Mary Jo Kopechne, drowned when a car driven by then U.S. Teddy Kennedy of Massachusetts went off a narrow bridge after the two left a party together.
Pozeli puts her story this way: “A prominent politician meets, at a party, a young woman who works for his party’s campaign. After several drinks and a solitary walk on the beach, the politician expresses his interest in the woman. Towards the end of the evening they leave the party together. While driving his car, the politician loses control and the car falls into a dark swamp and immediately sinks into black water. He manages to escape the sinking vehicle, leaving the woman to drown.”
The story is followed through the eyes of the young woman, an impressionistic jumble of memories and voices from the past intersected by images from the day of her death. These images, stretched in time and constantly repeated, try to give an explanation for the tragic accident that leads to her slow and agonizing death. It’s performance on the corruption of power, as well as attitudes about the absurdity of a violent and unjust death.
Pozeli has directed original devised works as well as plays by Berkoff, Bennett, Mamet, Ives and more. This show is supported by the Greek Ministry of Culture. To find out more about the schedule, the artists and their performances visit: