( b. circa 1925 Athens, GREECE - d. Nov 15, 1999 Athens, GREECE ) Male
Minos Volanakis was a translator and director who specialized in ancient Greek plays.
Early on Mr. Volanakis distinguished himself with his translations of Jean Genet's plays into Greek, as well as with his translations of American plays for the Greek director Carolos Koun, with whom he studied theater arts. He also presented critically acclaimed productions of "Waiting for Godot" and "Lysistrata" for the Athens Festival.
In 1966 he left Greece in protest of the government and lived in England, where he translated and directed classical Greek plays, including Aristophanes' comedies, for American and British universities.
As associate director of the Oxford Playhouse he put on the first public performance of Genet's "Balcony" and a production of Jean Giraudoux's "Madwoman of Chaillot," with the return of the actress Elisabeth Bergner to the English-speaking stage.
Source: New York Times obituary.