Taverna Miresia | TESZT 2024

A neon restaurant sign in a Tirana suburb sheds light to the history of a family. An unexpected incident under the light of this sign has a crucial effect on Mario’s life. Years later, now an adult, director Mario Banushi, who had been traveling from Greece to Albania for years to meet his family and return to the family taverna, now carries that same sign from Tirana to Athens, placing it at the center of the world he creates on stage. Through a performance, he welcomes his memories and nostalgia in order to confront the absence of his father who recently passed away; the cook and taverna owner who used to welcome customers every night.

As the performance unfolds, the sign unfurls a series of emotions, a melody of unspoken sentiments, fragments and memories, the poetry of things left unsaid. It embodies a profound farewell to the father, the secrets of the taverna custodian, and a warm embrace of adulthood, amidst the existential riddles that accompany the passage of years.


Conceived and directed by Μario Βanushi 

Cast: Savina Yannatou, Chryssi Vidalaki, Katerina Kristo, Mario Banushi, Eftychia Stefanou 

Set & Costume design: Sotiris Melanos 

Lighting design: Eliza Alexandropoulou

Tour lighting design: Marietta Pavlaki

Original music: Jeph Vanger

Vocals improvisation: Savina Yannatou 

Dramaturgy collaboration: Aspasia-Maria Alexiou

Assistant director: Sofia Antoniou 

Assistant to the costume designer: Vassiana Skopetea

Technical Director: Giorgos Antonopoulos

Tour Management: TooFarEast – Nikos Mavrakis 

Line Production: TooFarEast – Aristidis Kreatsoulas

Photography: Nassia Stouraiti, Theofilos Tsimas

Produced by the Athens Epidaurus Festival 2023

In collaboration with Theatro sti Sala 


Trigger warning: Full Body Nudity

Running time: 1h 15 min (no intermission)

Nonverbal performance

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TESZT 2024

TESZT 2024