“At the opening events of the 2nd International Women Playwrights Conference, a small, frail, gentle woman stood in front of all of us and spoke about her country and her love of her land and the power that it gave her. And she wanted to bring us, the woman writers, poets and playwrights of the world, her friend, her sister, Antigone.
She told us about Antigone, a woman on whose heart she had built her work. She talked about walking the streets, streets where Sophocles had walked. And she blessed us, she blessed our congregation, our gathering of women playwrights in the name of Greece, and the heart of the poet and the spirit of love that she thought her Antigone gave to us all. And I was very moved by her and then she sat down in front of me”.
Rhoda Kaufman is a Professor of dramatic literature and history California state university
The Pioneer, Haward University, February 1996
She refers to a keynote address Maria Lampadaridou Pothou gave at the start of a Conference on “Antigone – the woman symbol in tragic poetry” in Toronto, Canada