Parabases: August Strindberg’s The Father - Εικόνα

Parabases, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center readers theater, resumes at the SNFCC Lighthouse for the fifth year running. 

On the occasion of presenting Louise Bourgeois’s iconic sculpture, Maman, brought to the SNFCC Esplanade by NEON and the SNFCC, three female directors of the new generation (Georgia Mavragani, Maria Magkanari, Elena Mavridou) negotiate three milestone theatrical pieces (Eugene O’Neill’s Mourning Becomes Electra, August Strindberg’s The Father, Alkistis of Euripides) that center around motherhood/mothers, and the emotional development of humans, as the latter is inextricably linked with early life experiences. Parabases are realized this year thanks to a grant by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF). 

On Sunday, March 20, 2022, at 17.00 Maria Magkanari attempts a stage reading of August Strindberg’s The Father. In The Father, the Swedish playwright builds one of his masterpieces around the "battle of the sexes". The confrontation between Captain Adolf, a soldier and scientist, and Laura's wife over the upbringing of their daughter Bertha, takes a devastating turn when Laura hints to her husband that he may not be her natural father.

Highlighting the interesting representation of the war of the sexes, which plays a pivotal role in all plays by Strindberg, Angelos Terzakis notes: “Women commanded a bizarre and contradictory appeal in Strindberg’s life. In the struggle between man and woman, he saw an elemental confrontation that ia as all-encompassing as a natural law.” 

Maria Magkanari
Maria Magkanari is an actress and director. She was born in Athens. She graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Ioannina and the Veaki Drama School. Founding member of the "Kanigunda" theater company, she participated as an actress in all the performances of the troupe (2005-2013). In 2012 she attempted her first direction ("Interwar"), while in 2014 she founded the group " Protses". She has directed works by: Chekhov, Ibsen, Bergman, Gorky, Williams, Lorca, Vassiliadou, while her performances have been based on literary works by H. James, Alfr. Döblin, Thomas Mann, M. Fakinou. As a director she has collaborated with the Athens Epidaurus Festival, Katakouzenos House, the Onassis Stegi, the MCF - Michael Cacoyannis Foundation, the Teatro d'Arte, the Theater of Neos Cosmos, the Theatre Odou Kykladon, the DI.PE.THE of Ioannina, K.E.T, the Bios, the Greek National Opera, The Poreia Theatre, the National Theatre of Greece. She has directed a short film that has traveled to many International Festivals and a radio project (Athens Epidaurus Festival 2020).

She has taught Acting at the Veaki Drama School.

Translation: Nikos Gatsos

Directed by: Maria Maganari

Music: Charalambos Yoyios


Cast (alphabetically): Giorgos Gallos, Vicky Katsika, Syrmo Keke, Maria Maganari, Alexandros Mavropoulos, Dimitris Daskas

Accessibility Services: The show is staged with Greek Sign Language Interpretation


Sunday, 20/03 | 17:00


Advance Ticket Sales Points:
•    online on Ticket Services website here
•    by phone: 210 7234567 (Ticket Services)

Ticket Prices: 
General entrance € 10, reduced € 5

Concession tickets of 5€ are available to students, people aged 65+, children and young people aged up to 18 years old, the unemployed, companions of Persons with Disabilities, multi-child families and residents of the Municipality of Kallithea.

On the day of the event, concession ticket holders will be asked to show their ID, as well as supporting documentation (student card, unemployment card, family status certificate for multi-child parents, utility bill for residents of Kallithea)

Free tickets are available to Persons with Disabilities, by contacting the call center at 210 7234567, or by email at, and by showing their ID and certification of disability on the day of the event.

Online tickets pre-sales (Members)
Online tickets pre-sales (Public)

Pre-sale for Members starts on Tuesday 08/03 at 12.00
Pre-sale for the public starts on Wednesday 09/03 at 12.00 

In April, Elena Mavridou wraps up the series, attempting her own unique stage reading of a play by Euripides that balances on the cusp between tragedy and satirical drama: Alcestis will be presented on Sunday, April 10, at the SNFCC Lighthouse.   

Important information:

  • Doors open at 16.00
  • We suggest that you be at the location no later than 30' minutes before the commencement of the event.
  • Entrance will be possible up to 10 minutes before the event's commencement.
  • Pre-sale is required. No order of priority will be available on-site.
  • All SNFCC areas are accessible to people with disabilities.
  • For more information or clarifications, please contact the SNFCC switchboard on 216 8091000.

According to the latest measures to protect public health from the risk of spreading COVID-19, a valid vaccination certificate or a valid disease certificate, is required for the public to enter the event venue, as the venue operates as a pure venue. The above applies to adults. Μinors from 4 to 17 years old may, alternatively, submit a statement of negative self test (24 hours), a certificate of PCR (72 hours) or rapid (48 hours) diagnostic test, in accordance with the recent government measures.

A parallel identity check will be carried out on the persons who show the required certificates, as provided by law.

 Participants must wear a mask and keep their distance both during attendance and during events and in accordance with the instructions of NPHO.

Due to public health measures, there may be changes regarding either the staging of the event, or the maximum number of participants.

This event comes under a grant by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF). Alongside the majority of its events, which are free thanks to a series of SNF grants, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center also organizes a number of events with affordable tickets, thus enriching its income sources and securing its long-term financial integrity.

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