Seaweeds, 2017

3 male - 2 female

Peny Fylaktaki

86.400. This is what a father leaves in his will under one condition: the inheritance will go to any of the two children, Andreas and Alexandra, who will invest it best within 24 hours and, specifically, the next day of his funeral. The judge for the best possible investment is a notary, blood brother of the deceased and executor of the will. Alexandra arrives at the old, family beach-house by herself, while Andreas arrives with his wife Martha and their son Nicholas, 24 years old. The encounter is difficult, because the brother and the sister meet again after 24 years. The problematic relationship between them, the pressure of time for a solution to be found, because both of them want to secure for themselves the amount of money, and the atmosphere of the family home that triggers memories and nightmares, lead to chain reactions and extreme behaviors and a series of secrets and lies are revealed: Nicholas is not Andreas’ real son but the fruit of Martha’s secret relationship with Andreas’ prematurely dead brother, Fanis, who was drowned 24 years ago, a fact that Alexandra knew and blackmailed Martha to extort money. The most tragic figure of all is Andreas, who knew all along the truth. The pressure valve ejects when Martha is missing to be washed ashore dead some hours later, while Alexandra disappears overwhelmed by the lives of all and Andreas with Nicholas make an effort to start fresh. The arrival of the notary at 12 o’clock finds the house deserted. Only viewers are there to learn from his mouth that the 86,400 of the covenant, the father’s custody, is no money. They are the seconds of one day. 

[Translated by Vasiliki Gkekina]



Aspects of Peny Fylaktaki’s theatre

MAN We lost.

WOMAN  Friendly game?


Seaweeds by Peny Fylaktaki

Peny Fylaktaki is a playwright with a dynamic presence in the Greek theater over the past fifteen years. She holds a PhD in Theatre Translation and...