About the Company 


 

THE COMPANY

 

American Thymele Theatre (ATT) was founded in 1993 and currently celebrates 25 years as a touring company. Devoted to its mission, to preserving the dissemination and prominence of   Hellenic culture in America by producing plays with timeless Greek themes free-of-charge to the public, ATT has presented a unique spectrum of such works including a series of Athenian comedy classics in their original 19th century Greek. George Kelly’s The Show-Off marked the company’s initial production, a bilingual adaptation performed at the Kraine Theater in New York and elsewhere. In 1995, ATT inaugurated its Angelos Vlachos Comedy Festival, spanning for ten years, with Vlachos’ The Grocer’s Daughter, premiered at the Frederick Loewe Theatre in New York. This production soon prompted touring to Boston and Philadelphia in 1996, followed by a New Jersey and Connecticut tour a year later. ATT returned to Philadelphia to premiere two more Vlachos comedies for the festival, My Sober Husband and Mr. Floret’s Wife that also induced further touring. The Grocer’s Daughter had its English-language premiere in Baltimore in 1999, followed by extended tours throughout New York, including a dinner theatre engagement in 2000. ATT mounted a revival of Maxwell Anderson’s Barefoot in Athens, for the play’s 50th anniversary since its Broadway debut, at the Olympic Theatre in New York, presented as part of the 2001: Year of Socrates celebrations. This particular production was extended into the following season, in daytime performances for New York City public schools. A non-profit entity, ATT is chartered by the State of New York, having brought a variety of never-before-staged Greek theater rarities to American audiences in many nearby and distant cities and was chosen by the Cultural Olympiad Committee in presenting its popular production of The Grocer’s Daughter as part of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. ATT premiered The Needy Barrister in St. Louis, Missouri, presented along with its acclaimed production of The Grocer’s Daughter which had by then become a touring favorite. This particular repertory was brought to Phoenix, Arizona and, returning to New York, ATT staged a production of Nikos Kazantzakis’ Kouros, also in daytime performances, for New York City public schools. The company presented The Petrakis Universe for the New York Public Library, under a grant from the Stavros S. Niarchos Foundation that led to an encore staging at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center. Reviving the company’s 19th Century Athenian One-Act Comedy Classics series, ATT presented a staged reading of Not Qualified and A Servant Is Sought in 2016 and another staged reading of Mourning Does Not Become Her this past spring season. Adhering to its aspiration in producing free Greek theater for all, ATT launched the ongoing New York Euripides Summer Festival. This year’s   production of Suppliants marks the 10th summer production of the New York Euripides Summer Festival which has thus far presented the critically-acclaimed productions of Euripides’ Rhesus (2009), Alcestis (2010), Medea (2011), Children of Hercules (2012), Hippolytus (2013), Andromache (2014), Hecuba (2015), the satyr play Cyclops (2016), and The Madness of Hercules (2017), the first to be presented in contemporary costume and setting. All New York Euripides Summer Festival productions have traditionally premiered at the East River Park Amphitheatre and extended to other outdoor stages that include the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater, the Jackie Robinson Bandshell, Almira Kennedy Coursey Amphitheater and off-Broadway, at Theatre 500, the 777 Theatre and Stage II Theatre, in addition to other indoor venues such as the Chernuchin Theatre, the Marilyn Monroe Theatre, the Glicker-Milstein Theatre, the Minor Latham Playhouse, among others. The New York Euripides Summer Festival has evolved into an annual New York-based forum for culturally diverse Greek theater enthusiasts and summer tourists.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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