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SFTU Remount, OTOA in Santa Barbara & OTOA in Vemont Update

Friday, September 11th, 2015

I’m excited to announce that the remount of
Song From the Uproar is nearly SOLD OUT.
Get you tickets soon if you’d like to attend.
View the promo video here
and purchase tickets here.
More details below.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW
the remount of

SONG FROM THE UPROAR

The Lives & Deaths of Isabelle Eberhardt
Beth Morrison Projects
October 8th – October 11th
LA Opera’s Redcat Theater
Los Angeles, CA

This original, multi-media opera, composed & conceived by Missy Mazzoli in collaboration with director Gia Forakis, filmmaker Stephen Taylor and librettist Royce Vavrek, was voted #3 Best New Opera Events of 2012 by Time Out New York.

If you are in the “neighborhood” this remounting is a must-see- but get your tickets asap it’s a short run and it will sell out!
For more information and Tickets Click Here: LA Opera
Photo: Lead Singer, Abigail Fisher. Photo by James Matthew Daniel ©.2012

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After the opera concludes I’ll be heading to Santa Barbara California, where I’ve been invited to lead an OTOA workshop at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA on October 15, 2015.

The invitation grew out of my trip to Macedonia to lead OTOA Workshops in 2013, where I had the good fortune to meet American Theater Director, John Blondell. John is a Professor of Theatre Arts and Chair of the Theatre Arts Department at Westmont. This is a great honor and another exciting opportunity to spread the word of OTOA!

Westmont College – 955 La Paz Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93108
October 15, 2015
For details contact GiaForakis@aol.com

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I’m happy to report that the one week OTOA Vermont Intensive was a grand success! We had an excellent group and together were able to delve into OTOA on a deeper level. With the beautiful hills of Vermont as our backdrop we explored the practical tools and principles of OTOA, and experimented with new exercises and applications.

Throughout the week we covered the following areas of concentration:

- The Basics: OTOA’s Primary Principles, Tools & Technique
- Examination of Content Driven Thought & The Thinking Body
- Applying OTOA to a “Devised” Work
- The Practice of Watching & Listening
- Time & Space as Creative Mediums
- Theater as a Creative-Life Practice

Our time in Vermont provided the group with a wonderfully focused opportunity to participate with GF&CO members in the methods and development of OTOA, while also acting as a focused retreat for refreshing and reviving creative passion.

We also had time to gather one evening for a pot-luck supper and a kitchen-table reading of Ibsen’s “Hedda Gabbler,” which we followed up with OTOA scene study.

Our day began at 9:30am with workshops divided into two two sessions each day, separated by three hours of down time to enjoy the delicious organic lunches provided to us by The Putney School and some down time, for walking, reading, exercising, napping or OTOA prep work.

We were able to take full advantage of the tranquil surroundings including an invigorating hike up Putney Mountain.

Overall it was an exceptional week of OTOA-learning and a sea-change of growth for OTOA’s future development.

Here are a few testimonials from participants:

“[OTOA is] a creative practice technique that can be utilized throughout life and it embodies the concept that increments of content-filled thought can inform increments of content-driven gesture and shape, which creates a meaningful way to manifest a sequence of actions throughout the dimensions of time and space. Attending this Intensive provided me an incredibly valuable, empowering, and transformative experience.”
- Jeffery Parry, Musician-Actor-Artist-Philosopher

“I found that…applying OTOA to every moment of the week-long residency forced me to become more intimate with my own thoughts and opinions, especially those that are artistic and creative. I learned… about my own creative-life practice.”
- Stephanie Regina, Artist

“OTOA provides the artist with time to investigate what their incremental thoughts are, connecting with a shape, and providing the artist with [physical] action to get to that next incremental thought. If that thought was not a true/honest increment, the artist is gifted with time to go backwards, through the increments of thought that took them there to begin with.”
- Clara F. Pagone, Artist

I’m inspired to take the insights from this week in Vermont and to start building a broader platform for OTOA, as well as a more active year of ongoing workshops for 2016 (which I hope to be announcing in December or January). As OTOA continues to lead the way in my creative-life practice, I look forward to sharing what comes next.

With Joy & Inspiration
Gia
OTOA Founder & Master Teacher

Announcing the Remounting of Song From The Uproar

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Song From The Uproar

I’m excited to announce
the remounting of

Song From The Uproar:
The Lives & Deaths of Isabelle Eberhardt
(
Beth Morrison Projects)

Song From The Uproar

Running October 8th – 11th at LA Opera’s Redcat Theater. This original, multi-media opera composed and conceived by Missy Mazzoli in collaboration with director Gia Forakis, filmmaker Stephen Taylor and librettist Royce Vavrek, was voted #3 Best New Opera Events of 2012 by Time Out New York.

If you are in or near Los Angeles, California
and in the “neighborhood” this remounting is a must-see!

OCTOBER 8th – OCTOBER 11th @ REDCAT Theater
631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Tickets go on sale to the general public on JUNE 28, 2015.
For more information and tickets visit LA Opera.

Photo: Lead Singer, Abigail Fisher by James Matthew Daniel ©.2012


Happy Holidays

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

The most beautiful thing we can give the world is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science ~ Albert Einstein

Season’s Greetings Everyone

May your New Year be filled with Vibrant Health, an Inspired Heart, and the Profound Beauty of The Mysterious!

~Looking Ahead into The New Year~

As I write this, December has only just begun but visions of 2014 are keeping me up at night with the excitement and the anticipated delights of creativity, opportunity and the blessings of: colleagueship, patronage, support, faithful friends and artistic collaboration!

What is all the excitement? Well…

In 2014, GF&CO (Gia Forakis & Company) heads into its fourth year (that was fast…?!)  with a roster of dedicated and talented, OTOA trained, professional theater artists, a full list of projects in development and with a calendar of production dates in sight (see below for details).

IN 2014, OTOA (One-Thought-One-Action) begins its 8th year (–what?!?) since I began to formalize OTOA as a valued rehearsal and performance technique. And its been 5 years since I began leading independent workshops here in NYC.  In the last two years, OTOA has slowly gained a broader awareness, and I have been invited to lead workshops in Europe twice, with more invitations in 2014, both nationally and internationally, that look very promising (see below for details).

In 2014, GF&CO & OTOA HQ at 276 Greenpoint Avenue, in Greenpoint Brooklyn, will begin its second year as our office and home base: a productive and very welcome work space for keeping all the proverbial balls juggling in the air!  With and Excess of Gratitude to GF&CO’s generous patrons who make this space possible!

And 2014 begins yet another new enterprise: Boncz-Forakis Projects. BFP is the independent production team of Adam Boncz (Actor, Producer & GF&CO Founding Member) and myself. Adam and I decided to join forces as a way to share our curatorial interests as well as a forum for producing new projects that we are inspired by and committed to sharing with new audiences. Our very first Boncz-Forakis Project

BFP Presents
The Internationally Acclaimed Production of

POOR POOR LEAR

A One-Woman Show, Written & Performed
by Nina Sallinen

JANUARY 30, JANUARY 31, FEBRUARY 1st, 2014

CURTAIN: 7:30pm. TICKETS: $15. IN ADVANCE

~Seating Limited to 30 people per night~
www.PoorPoorLear.com

About POOR POOR LEAR & Finnish Actress Nina Sallinen:

I met Nina, and saw her exquisite production and performance of Poor Poor Lear, when I was in Macedonia this past Summer (2013), where I was hosted by the National Theater of Bitola, to lead an OTOA Workshop as part of their First Annual Shakespeare Festival.

Her performance, and her adaptation of Shakespeare’s King Lear, was so moving, so intelligent, so creative that I wished I had created it or performed it, or directed it myself! Nina’s performance embodied, for me, the attributes of OTOA: actively engaging us, the audience, in her Physical Expression of the Actor’s/Character’s Thinking Process. Additionally, she got to the core of the stoy of Lear that interests me the most– the adult children of an aging parent (what GF&CO’s will be working to create in our LEAR Project 2015).    Finally, watching Poor Poor Lear, I experienced one of those rare moments which reminds you of what it is you love about theater: when it hits you so deeply that you are elated and awakened, connected to the universe and to your sense of self in a way that reminds you of your essential self– that’s the magic of theater!

And– it doesn’t stop here, There is more in store for 2014.

Here is just a small sampling with details to come in the months ahead…

~Gia Forakis & Company 2014~

GF&CO’s Co-Production’s:

Fatelessness, NYC & HUNGARY (more information to come)

Helver’s Night, NYC & MACEDONIA (more information to come)

GF&CO’s Very Exciting, Very First, Full Main Stage Production:

O.REX: a new translation of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex,                                                                  translated by Mark Buchan & Gia Forakis, re-envisioned as a Greek-Noir Classic

A site-specific production, with original music and song, that will immerse you in the world of a plague-torn country locked in deceit, moral ambiguity, and the fine lines between private actions have public consequences.

GF&CO’s Open Door Invitation:

GF&CO is expanding its Associate Member Roster of Professional Theater Artists. Open Door Invitation is designed for actors interested in possibly becoming new GF&CO Associate Members Artists and/or possible O.REX Understudies. From JAN -JUNE 2014, GF&CO will be meeting one weekend each month to workshop O.REX and lead company OTOA trainings sessions.  These weekends will be opportunities to work, train and to get to know us alongside of our first main stage project (O.REX) over a 6 month period.

For more information– contact me directly at:

GiaForakis@aol.com                                                                                                                          SUBJECT HEADER: GF&CO Open Door

~One-Thought-One-Action 2014~

I am gratified, humbled and very honored to say that OTOA has been growing so popular that I am having trouble squeezing in Workshops in NYC.

So far the 2014 calendar:

OTOA in January- Off Square Theater Company, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

OTOA in June- National Theater of Serbia, Belgrade Serbia

OTOA Goes to Bitola, Macedonia, Summer 2013

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

JULY 2013 FLIGHT – ISTANBUL TR TO SKOPJE MK
ARRIVAL: 18 JUL 08:05 – ALEXANDER THE GREAT
FLIGHT: TK 1003 – TURKISH AIRLINES
BOOKING STATUS: CONFIRMED— ???WHAT???

TRANSLATION: Gia is being hosted to teach OTOA at the 1st Annual International Shakespeare Festival in Bitola, Macedonia!!!

Thanks to GF&CO, Macedonian, Company Member, Tony Naumovski, I have been invited to lead an OTOA Workshop to an international community of theater artists from all over the globe. I am thrilled and honored.

Last summer, 2012, I was invited to lead OTOA workshops in Athens, Greece. So I am not sure what it is about this part of the world, but OTOA is reaching new destinations with it’s intuitive based technique that crosses language barriers.

Check Back for updates from this new adventure!

TREMENDOUS JOY!
www.narodenteatarbitola.com

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Friends & Colleagues -

The OTOA 2-Day Intensive Workshop is only 5 weeks away!
Compared to previous 2-Day Workshops this workshop has many special features!

First: This workshop will take place at my Greenpoint Brooklyn Studio, Java Hauz.
Second: I must keep his workshop small– so sign up ASAP!
Third: Rates for this workshop are at a significant discount of only $175 per person
(compared with the $225. rate for Manhattan based 2-Day OTOA Workshops).
Finally: The Hackler Awards: Thanks to the remarkable generosity of one of my colleagues,
I am able to offer two partial scholarships* for the July Workshop -$125 each.

DETAILS OUTLINED BELOW

Please feel free to forward this email to your friends, colleagues and students.

With Joy & Inspiration,

Gia Forakis,
Founder and Master Teacher
www.OneThoughtOneAction.com


OTOA TWO DAY INTENSIVE WORKSHOP

FRIDAY JULY 6TH: 6pm – 9pm
SATURDAY JULY 5TH: 12pm – 6pm

JULY WORKSHOP = $175
RESERVE YOUR SPACE ASAP
There are currently no discount rates available for this workshop
~ 6 STUDENTS MAXIMUM ~

THE J.B. HACKLER AWARDS
Thanks to the generosity Theater Artist Jon Blake Hackler there are currently
TWO PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR THE JULY 2-DAY WORKSHOP
in the amount of $125 per person. Please email Gia Forakis ASAP at
GiaForakis@aol.com with your Headshot, Resume,
and a note expressing your interest and need to be considered for a Hackler Award

Returning students are welcome to attend any OTOA 2-DAY WORKSHOP on a
Pay-What-You-Can-Afford basis within two years of their first class.
After that time, please contact Gia directly.
This offer is contingent on making a commitment
to the entire 2-Day Workshop schedule.

LOCATION: Java Hauz – 169 Java Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY 11222
(G train to Greenpoint Ave Stop)

PLEASE NOTE: YOU MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR ALL WORKSHOP DAYS/TIMES

WORKSHOP BENEFITS
The OTOA Workshop is designed for Performers, Directors, and Film Makers,
offering participants an intensive 2-Day OTOA training and exercises in a small group setting with Founder and Master Teacher Gia Forakis.
· Expansion of physical vocabulary
· How to bring clarity, versatility and physical vitality to all of their projects
· A new perspective on Content-Driven Physical Action (CDPA)
· Ability to put OTOA to use (in conjunction with other training or in its pure form)

GIA FORAKIS
Founder & Master Teacher

Gia Forakis is a theater artist, known primarily as a director for the stage, teacher and acting coach. She is also the Artistic Director of Gia Forakis & Company (GF&CO), an ensemble of professional theater artists committed to the application of One-Thought-One-Action™ (OTOA) in Action. Gia holds an MFA from Yale School of Drama in Directing and a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Graduate Acting Program. In 2006, Forakis officially founded OTOA, and continues to articulate and develop the theory, principles and technique via workshops, one-on-one coaching sessions, teaching opportunities and guest directorships at various colleges and theater institutions. In 2011, Gia was nominated for the prestigious Zelda Fichandler Award.

“OTOA arose out of a personal and professional directorial imperative to get more detailed, specific and physically dynamic performances from the actors I was working with. This desire forced me to consider more deeply what it was I found the most satisfying and compelling when watching a theatrical event. It soon became clear that it is the physical expression of the actor’s thinking process that engages me the most, allowing me to invest more fully in the production, rather than in just the text. It is this detailed visualization that distinguishes the stage’s capacity for expression from that of radio or literature, thereby providing a more visceral event for the audience.”

WHAT IS ONE-THOUGHT-ONE-ACTION™ (OTOA)?
OTOA is a revolutionary rehearsal and performance technique
developed by New York theater director & acting coach, Gia Forakis.
OTOA is a method for identifying smaller increments of thought
as smaller moments of physical action.
OTOA functions from an intuitive premise that leads the performer to liberate their motivations for a more detailed, engaged and dynamic presence; ultimately connecting with and engaging audiences in a more visceral way.

To Sign Up for this Workshop, or Apply for a HACKLER AWARD partial scholarship for the July 2-Day Workshop:
GiaForakis@aol.com

FATELESSNESS

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

The thoroughly charming, Adam Boncz (GF&CO Founding Member Actor) brings the unique story of survival to life in FATELESSNESS: one night only, staged reading, based on the book by Nobel Prize winning, Hungarian author, Imre Kertész, tale of the Holocaust; April 16th, Hungarian Holocaust Memorial Day. Directed and Co-Created by, Gia Forakis, Set & Costume Design, Lydia Androti, Stage Manager, Lila Smith..et al… Admission, free. http://www.fatelesstheplay.com/#!

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON MAY 6th EVENT:
www.GiaForakisandCompany.com

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION on the OTOA SUMMER SEMINAR 6/21-30/13:
www.OneThoughtOneAction.com

One-Thought-One-Action NOVEMBER WORKSHOPS

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Sign up by November 2nd for a $25 Discount.
See details Below.

An Acting & Directing Technique
for Performing Artists & Public Speakers
Founded and Taught by Master Teacher Gia Forakis

2-DAY OTOA INTENSIVE WORKSHOP
SAT & SUN, NOVEMBER 10 & 11
1:00 – 6:00pm


2-DAY INTENSIVE, $225*
$25 EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT
FOR 2-DAY INTENSIVE’S ONLY

Sign up by NOVEMBER 9th: $25 discount = $200
Sign Up With A Friend and get an additional $10 off = $190

Returning students are welcome to attend any OTOA 2-DAY WORKSHOP on a Pay-What-You-Can-Afford basis within two years of their first class.
After that time, please contact Gia directly. This offer is contingent on making a commitment to the entire 2-Day Workshop schedule.

PLEASE NOTE: YOU MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR ALL WORKSHOP DAYS/TIMES

LOCATION:
Hope-Martin Skylight Studio
39 W. 14thStreet, 5th Floor
Union Square, btwn 5th& 6th Avenues
New York, New York 10011

ALSO IN NOVEMBER:

If you have already taken an OTOA Introduction Workshop you are invited to sign up for:

OTOA SCENE STUDY WORKSHOP
NOVEMBER 5, 12 & 19
Three Consecutive Monday Evenings 6:30 – 9:30pm

OTOA SCENE STUDY WORKSHOP $250

Final Registration for OTOA SCENE STUDY WORKSHOP is OCTOBER 12th
Contact Gia Forakis directly for further information on this class or go to www.onethoughtoneaction.com/workshop“>www.onethoughtoneaction.com/workshop

What Is One-Thought-One-Action™(OTOA)?
One-Thought-One-Action™is a revolutionary rehearsal and performance technique
developed by New York director and coach, Gia Forakis.
One-Thought-One-Action™ is a method for identifying
smaller increments of thought as smaller moments of physical action.
One-Thought-One-Action™functions from an intuitive premise that leads the performer to liberate their motivations
for a more detailed, engaged and dynamic presence; ultimately connecting with and engaging audiences in a more visceral way.

Gia Forakis is a theater artist, known primarily as a director for the stage, teacher and acting coach. She holds an MFA from Yale School of Drama in Directing and a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Graduate Acting Program. In 2006, Forakis officially founded OTOA, and continues to articulate and develop the theory, principles and technique via workshops, one- on-one coaching sessions, teaching opportunities and guest directorships at various colleges and theater institutions. Gia is the Artistic Director of GIA FORAKIS & COMPANY (an ensemble-based theater company trained in OTOA. She is also a member of SDC (Stage Directors & Choreographer’s Society), a Women’s Project Director’s Lab Alum, and a New Georges Associate Artist. In 2011, Gia was nominated for the prestigious Zelda Fichandler Award. For additional professional credits visit: http://www.giaforakis.com/

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Email: GiaForakis@aol.com (Subject Header: OTOA)
Website : www.onethoughtoneaction.com/workshop
Facebook : ONE-THOUGHT-ONE-ACTION

TWO-DAY INTENSIVE OTOA INTRODUCTION WORKSHOP

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

ONE-THOUGHT-ONE-ACTION™
A Rehearsal & Performance Technique for Performing Artists, Directors & Public Speakers
Founded and Taught by Gia Forakis

TWO-DAY INTENSIVE OTOA INTRODUCTION WORKSHOP
SAT & SUN, SEPT 15 & 16
1:00 – 6:00pm

If you have already taken an OTOA Introduction Workshop you are invited to sign up for:

OTOA SCENE STUDY WORKSHOP
NOVEMBER 5, 12 & 19
Three Consecutive Monday Evenings 6:30 – 9:30pm

To qualify for the OTOA SCENE STUDY WORKSHOP you must have taken two or more
OTOA INTRODUCTION WORKSHOP, unless you have received special permission from Gia to attend.
For further information contact Gia directly or visit: http://www.onethoughtoneaction.com/workshop

Final Registration for OTOA SCENE STUDY WORKSHOP is OCTOBER 12th

PLEASE NOTE: YOU MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR ALL WORKSHOP

OTOA TWO-DAY INTENSIVE: $225. Per Person*
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT SPECIAL $200
FOR SEPTEMBER INTENSIVE:
Sign up by September 8th: $25 discount = $200
Sign Up With A Friend and get an additional $10 off

OTOA SCENE STUDY WORKSHOP $250*
Contact Gia directly to discuss what discounts
are available for this workshop.
Returning students are welcome to attend any OTOA 2-DAY WORKSHOP on a Pay-What-You-Can-Afford basis within two years of their first class. After that time, please contact Gia directly. This offer is contingent on making a commitment to the entire workshop schedule.

LOCATION:
Hope-Martin Skylight Studio
39 W. 14thStreet, 5th Floor
Union Square, btwn 5th& 6th Avenues
New York, New York 10011

*No single class rates are available.
*Some Acting/Performing Experience Necessary
*Memorization of a short contemporary monologue is required for 2-Day Intensives
*CLASS SIZE LIMITED

What Is One-Thought-One-Action™ (OTOA)?
One-Thought-One-Action™ is a revolutionary rehearsal and performance technique developed by New York director and coach, Gia Forakis.
One-Thought-One-Action™ is a method for identifying smaller increments of thought as smaller moments of physical action.
One-Thought-One-Action™ functions from an intuitive premise that leads the performer to liberate their motivations for a more detailed, engaged and dynamic presence; ultimately connecting with and engaging audiences in a more visceral way.

Gia Forakis is a theater artist, known primarily as a director for the stage, and acting coach. She holds an MFA from Yale School of Drama in Directing and a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Graduate Acting Program. In 2006, Forakis officially founded OTOA, and continues to articulate and develop the theory, principles and application via workshops, one- on-one coaching sessions, teaching opportunities and guest directorships at various colleges and theater institutions. Gia is the Artistic Director of GIA FORAKIS & COMPANY (an ensemble based theater company based on OTOA). She is also a member of SDC (Stage Directors & Choreographer’s Society), a Women’s Project Director’s Lab Alum, and a New Georges Associate Artist. In 2011, Gia was nominated for the prestigious Zelda Fichandler Award. For additional professional credits visit: www.GiaForakis.com

For Further Information Contact:
Email: GiaForakis@aol.com (Subject Header: OTOA)
Website: www.onethoughtoneaction.com
For Further Information: www.GiaForakis.com
VISIT US ON FACEBOOK ONE-THOUGHT-ONE-ACTION

Summer 2012

Friday, August 10th, 2012


JUNE: It has been a truly rewarding summer.

It began with the conclusion of GF&CO’s Second Salon Season: Three Salons of our unique brand of work-in-progress showings where we put One-Thought-One-Action (OTOA)tm into Action in an intimate setting, along with wine and light refreshments and engaging talk-backs between company members and guests.

This season was extra special as we experimented with a mash-up of genre’s between Greek-Tragedy and Film Noir, creating our very own genre that we are calling Greek-Noir, Our experiments in Greek Noir with Euripides’s MEDEA, Anouilh’s ANTIGONE, and Sophocles’ OEDIPUS REX were received with great enthusiasm, and have lead to a project that we will be developing over the next year: To Be Announced! Stay Tuned!

JULY: Next was my 18 day visit to Greece where I was invited to teach 3 workshops of OTOA at the International Festival of Making Theater, in Athens -a truly joyous occasion!

I met international teachers and students of theater and was deeply gratified to have OTOA so well received despite language differences.

The students were wonderful: focused, eager to learn, courageous, supportive to one another and talented.

The faculty (some of whom are pictured below) was terrific: a brain trust of information, good humor, generosity, professionalism and intelligence from all over the world!

The Theater of Changes, the hosting institution, was superbly organized, accommodating, supportive kind and welcoming.


I also had the honor of performing a staged reading at the festival of one of my original movement-theater scripts: The Purpose of Existence or Should I Keep the Dog? And was honored to be accompanied by the wonderful acting and generosity of George Simondidies, with stage directions and support by Zoe Tsavdarides.

Before and after the festival I took the opportunity to do a little bit of traveling and visited two of the Greek islands, Spetses (with my former OTOA student and actress from Lee Strasberg in NYC, Athena Deliadi), and Santorini with my brother Jozeph Forakis.

I met distant relatives on my YiaYia’s (Greek for grandmother) side of the family and saw many significant Greek ruins: The Acropolis, Epidarus, Delphi, and Akritiri (the “lost” city of Atlantis).

My time in Greece was penetrating on many levels: I was warmed by the sun; Nourished by the food; Revitalized by the crystal clear Aegean waters; Invigorated by the engagement of theater in an international level; and I was inspired by the epic proportions of time that one experiences all at once -a the mythical and magical lure of the ancient history of my heritage.
The remainder of July was really spent mourning my having to return from such an enchanting journey.

AUGUST: GF&CO Training this Sunday, and this weekend a GF&CO Business Retreat to plan ahead for our activities in the coming year. More to come!


Post Script on Greece:
Yes, I saw the despairing crisis that Greece is facing in numerous examples. I saw it in the empty storefronts, the boarded up buildings, and in the crumbling infrastructure as modern day Greece seems to be joining its ancient ruins.
But, worse, was that I also saw it in the surprising numbers of drug addicts who populated the streets of Athens in the district near my hotel. It reminded me of the East Village, NYC in the 1980’s before you could get a cappuccino on Ave A, much less Ave D, when you didn’t walk in Alphabet City alone at night because you might accidentally stumble upon drug dealers, drug users, or gun fights—and/or get mugged (and I did, in 1982).

However, the Greek version was different. There was nothing covert about it. It was not hidden by a cloak of night. Late in the afternoon the zombies, as I came to call them, would come out into the streets lost in their heroin “dance” and balancing on the edge of reality. They were shooting up in broad daylight, just a block away from the police stationed on the corner in full SWAT gear ready to break up a protest or a riot. They did not care about the users or the dealers. The Zombies lay naked on the sidewalk in an act of interrupted sex, or “floated” in the oncoming traffic, or formed silent tableaux’s along the sidewalks –talk about theater! THIS IS THE REAL GREEK TRAGEDY!

This, along with it’s mythical past, it’s epic beauty, its charm, and spirit—kefee– is the current terrain of Greece.
The blatant signs of desperation are heart crushing. The crashing economy is no longer an abstraction. A country is more than its gross product, or its bank revenue. It is made of people and their life-force. These visions of Greece’s crisis are an outward expression of how a corrupt government can poison the soul of this once heroic nation.