National Theatre Of Greece Cancels NASH'S BALANCE After Threats of Violence

By: Jan. 29, 2016
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Associated Press reports that the National Theatre of Greece has cancelled the final performances of director/dramaturg Pigi Dimitrakopoulou's NASH'S BALANCE, following complaints and threats.

Called THE NASH EQUILIBRIUM on an English language version of the company's website, the play is described as follows:

"Inspired by literary and historical texts, the minutes of the 17 November trial, and Savvas Xiros' book "That Day...", Pigi Dimitrakopoulou and her team have constructed a new play about the codes of value, justice and terrorism in recent Greek history."

17 November was an urban guerrilla organization formed in 1975 and characterized as a terrorist group by Greece. The name refers to the final day of the 1973 Athens Polytechnic uprising. Xiros' 2002 capture after a failed bombing attempt led to the arrest and trial of nineteen members.

"The Nash equilibrium," as described by the theatre company is a term "borrowed from Game Theory. It is a combination of strategies between two opposing players, each of whose strategy is the best response to that of the other."

The production opened January 15th and was scheduled to run through the 31st, but has closed early due to threats of violence to actors and to playgoers.

A representative of the company claims the play was "harshly and purely dogmatically" criticized by many people who had not seen it, adding that the play's core message was that there can be no ideological justification for homicide.