The Hellenic University Club of Southern California presents its fifth annual theatrical production: "Theophilos and his fairy tales" written by Nestoras Matsas, and directed by George Christopoulos.

The play is about the unusual folk painter from Lesbos, the hardships he endured and his unparalleled devotion to his work. Theophilos imbued with the Hellenic culture was totally unappreciated during his own time. The value of his art was recognized only after his death. Now his paintings are hanging in museums all over the world and are very much sought after. Using humor and very clever character development, the play is both entertaining and educational. The play is staged in Greek with simultaneous, in-theater translation in English via a limited number of headsets.

Showtimes :

There are two shows scheduled for: Saturday April 12, 1997 at 7:30 PM and Sunday April 13, 1997 at 5:00 PM. The performance will take place at the fabulous James Armstrong Theatre, Torrance Cultural Arts Center, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, California. Tickets are available for sale: $20 for adults and $10 for children and students. For more information call Thanos Trezos at (818) 287-8071 or Peter Dimopoulos at (310) 215-3130 or send us e-mail at

Directions to the Theater :

From North going South on the 405 Fwy : Exit at Hathorne, and go South (right) to Torrance. Left at Torrance and left at Madrona. After the last left turn, immediately enter the Parking lot on the right.

From South going North on the 405 Fwy : Exit at Western or Crenshaw and go South (left). At Torrance turn right. At Madrona turn right and immediately enter the Parking lot on the right.

Notes from the play's director :

"The bells toll for the good, the blessed, and for those that dedicated a life-long straggle to do God's will. When the end is near the bells will toll, signaling that they should be getting ready to move on."

On March 24, 1934 the bells did toll and Theophilos Hatzimihail moved on, leaving behind his splendid work for all to enjoy.

This is Theophilos’ story. A story about a humble man who had a gift to tell myths with his brush. While laughed at and ridiculed, mocked by children and chased by dogs, he endured it all and never yield.

Dressed in a fustanela costume with a sack on his back and paint brushes around his waist, move from town to town soliciting work. For a piece of bread, a jug of wine and a bit of cheese, he decorated the stores and cafes of Pillion with his painting. His passion for his work and his gentle and kind heart made Theophilos stand alone.

I am deeply honored, and at the same time ecstatic to have been given this wonderful opportunity to bring this extraordinary man to life.

"The labor of love needs no payments nor does this singing of birds or the sound of purling water amidst the blooming gills. They are there to cheer us and sweeten our sad and laborious lives."

I hope this play will serve the same purpose.

George Christopoulos

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