Women of Zalongo

Women of Zalongo, parallels the ongoing cycle of intergenerational trauma in Angie’s Greek family. Past and present intersect as the women are called to finish what their ancestors began 200 years ago at the cliff in Epirus, Greece when they resisted enslavement by the Ottoman Empire (Dance of Zalongo). Greece’s secret history and long considered myth is unpacked by Angie’s ancestors, and her mother Charis...
Women of Zalongo, parallels the ongoing cycle of intergenerational trauma in Angie’s Greek family. Past and present intersect as the women are called to finish what their ancestors began 200 years ago at the cliff in Epirus, Greece when they resisted enslavement by the Ottoman Empire (Dance of Zalongo). Greece’s secret history and long considered myth is unpacked by Angie’s ancestors, and her mother Charis whose short term memory diminishes and long term memory surfaces, revealing decades of trauma, swept under the rug. Balkan music and dance intertwines the women’s parallel stories revealing the ongoing fight for the power of their choice and the cost of truth. The cast consists of 10 women (19-80) and 1 man (multiple roles).
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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.

Character Information

  • Angie
    40-50's,
    Greek American other race/ethnicity welcome
    ,
    Female
    Greek American, Art Professor. Caregiver to her mother, Charis. Paralyzed by her ambition. Searching.
  • Eleni
    50's -60's,
    Greek from Turkey, Any
    ,
    Female
    Greek. Angie's Yiayia and guide. Daughter to Katina, mother
    to Charis. She is a figment of Angie’s memory. We see her in her mid-life. Physically dynamic with a large and ethereal presence.
  • Young Eleni
    10-15,
    Greek from Turkey, Any
    ,
    Female
    Greek. Seeking an adult (18-24) who looks young to play teenage girl. A revolutionary spirit. Fierce. Intelligent beyond her years. Stubborn and driven by dreams of a better life.
  • Yiayia
    50's -60's,
    Greek from Turkey, Any
    ,
    Female
    The matriarch of the old-world. Rough around the edges, fierce. A warrior. Always working. Judgmental and superstitious.
  • Charis
    60-80's,
    Greek American, Any
    ,
    Female
    First generation Greek American. Matriarch of the present world. Lost in the long-term memories due to dementia. Childlike.
  • Katina
    20's,
    Greek from Turkey, Any
    ,
    Female
    Greek. Eleni's Mother, beautiful, frail and a victim of war.
  • Olga
    20-29,
    Greek from Turkey, Any
    ,
    Female
    Greek. Katina's sister. A business woman in the old world. Bossy. Short fused. Smart.
  • Tina
    18-20,
    Greek American, Any
    ,
    Female
    Present world. Charis's granddaughter. Contemporary.
  • Halime
    20's,
    Turkish, Any
    ,
    Female
    a stunning, Turkish bride with a revolutionary spirit.
  • Zelda
    30-50's,
    Turkish, Any
    ,
    Female
    Turkish motherof the groom. Brazen, big and bold.
  • Zoe
    30-50's,
    BIPOC
    ,
    Female
    Charis’s cheerful caregiver.
  • Gendarme
    30-50's,
    Turkish, Any
    ,
    Male
    Turkish Soldier-must move well. Harsh.
  • Basilio
    40's,
    Armenian-American, Any
    ,
    Male
    Olga’s adoring husband.
  • Man with Cigar
    40's,
    Greek from Turkey, Any
    ,
    Male
    Non-speaking, creepy uncle of Charis.
  • Jimmy the Greek
    40's,
    Greek, Any
    ,
    Male
    Non-speaking. An old lover of Angie's.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Atwater Village Reading, Los Angeles
    ,
    2019
  • Workshop
    ,
    CSUF Jr./Sr. 20/21 Intramural Grant & The Caloyeras Center for Modern Greek Studies

Awards

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