Women of Zalongo

Six generations of Hellenic women are summoned by their ancestors who initiated one of the first acts of resistance when they, with their children, jumped off the cliffs in Epirus, Greece in protest, seeking freedom over enslavement from the Ottoman Empire (Dance of Zalongo). The past and present intersect when Angie’s mother Charis' short term memory diminishes and her long term memory surfaces, revealing...
Six generations of Hellenic women are summoned by their ancestors who initiated one of the first acts of resistance when they, with their children, jumped off the cliffs in Epirus, Greece in protest, seeking freedom over enslavement from the Ottoman Empire (Dance of Zalongo). The past and present intersect when Angie’s mother Charis' short term memory diminishes and her long term memory surfaces, revealing decades of the family secrets and ancestral trauma. The surviving ancestors are called to finish what their ancestors have left undone as their parallel stories reveal the cost of sacrifice and the power of truth. The contemporary play consists of 8 women (19-80) and 1 man (multiple roles) and integrates Balkan folk music and dance.

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Women of Zalongo

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  • Playwrights Foundation:
    9 Jul. 2020
    Playwrights Foundation enthusiastically recommends this play, WOMEN OF ZALONGO, as a Semi-Finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival 2020. We were moved by the quality of the writing and the relevant and compelling themes that spoke to the mission of our festival. It excelled in a competitive process of 735 plays submitted this year and rose to the top after a six month long process discussing its merits with both national and local Bay Area readers, and we hope it moves swiftly towards production.

Development History

  • Workshop
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    Caloyeras Center for Modern Greek Studies
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    2021

Awards

Semi-Finalist
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Bay Area Playwright's Festival
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Playwright's Foundation
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2020