The American School of Classical Studies at Athens

The Foreclosure Follies

October 07, 2018 13.00-15.00

Titania Hotel | 52 Panepistimiou | 10th Floor, Socrates Room | 106 78 Athens, Greece


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The Foreclosure Follies

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Ten years ago this month, the world experienced a seismic financial collapse. Parts of the globe continue to face financial crises. The Foreclosure Follies is a one-hour performance using theatre to explore issues underpinning global financial markets, for both the general public and the finance sector. Styled in part as a Greek chorus, it explores the big questions we face now – ‘to regulate, or not to regulate’…and many others. The vignettes include classical Greek texts in ancient Greek, from Aristotle to Solon, contemporary Greek poetry exploring the financial crises, skits and songs on ‘sub-prime love’, Brexit and climate-change financial risk. The result is a Brecht-style cabaret – both poignant and humorous – asking some uncomfortable questions about how we regulate the financial sector.

This project grew out of a knowledge exchange between Canadian law and economics professor Dr Janis Sarra, Dr Helen Eastman, Artistic Associate of the APGRD at Oxford University and Director of the Cambridge Greek Play 2010-2016, and composer Alex Silverman. Judges, economists, scholars and actors use the arts to pose essential questions about financial markets in our society, encouraging audiences to engage with these issues. There is an optional post-performance discussion with creators and the cast.

The performance is free, but tickets are required. Register for your tickets Tickets include a glass of wine. Parking: Ticket holders may use hotel parking for the duration of the event, at the special price of 8.00 euro per car.